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Samboal (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Samboal - Image by Ivan Sache, 23 February 2014, coat of arms after "Totemkin" (Wikimedia Commons)

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Presentation of Samboal

The municipality of Samboal (502 inhabitants in 2012; 4,700 ha; municipal website) is located in the west of Segovia Province, 15 km from Cuéllar and 60 km from Segovia. The municipality is made of the villages of Samboal and Narros de Cuéllar (177 inh.).
The former municipality of Narros de Cuéllar was incorporated to Samboal by Decree No. 3,039 of 12 September 1970, published on 17 October 1970 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 249, p. 16,944 (text). On 25 October 1991, the Municipal Council decided to apply for the separation of Narros de Cuéllar; the application was rejected by Decree No. 270, adopted on 14 October 1999 by the Government of Castilla y León and published on 19 October 1999 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 202, p. 10,069 (text). On 8 April 2008, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal tabled by the Municipal Council, which confirmed the rejection of the application.

Samboal developed around the San Boal monastery, granted in 1112 to the Benedictine monks from San Isidro de Dueñas by Count Pedro Ansúrez. The monastery was dedicated to St. Baudilus (Spanish, Baudilio; locally, Boal), allegedly martyred in the 3rd or 4th century in Nímes (France); the cult of the saint widely spread to Spain, most of his relics being preserved in Zamora.
Deserted in the 17th century, Samboal was re-settled in the early 18th century, mostly living from resin collected in the pinewoods growing on the highest parts of the municipal territory.

Ivan Sache, 23 February 2014

Symbols of Samboal

The flag of Samboal, hoisted on the Town Hall (photo), is square, vertically divided red-white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.

The coat of arms of Samboal (municipal website) is "Per pale, or a church gules, 2. Gules a handshake proper; a chief argent two pines vert per fess. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown closed".
The chief recalls that pines were once the main source of income for the municipality. The church represents the monastery at the origin of the establishment of the village. The handshake symbolizes the belonging of the village to the Community of the Town and Land of Cuéllar.

Ivan Sache, 23 February 2014