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Santo Tomé del Puerto (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-17 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Santo Tomé del Puerto

The municipality of Santo Tomé del Puerto (351 inhabitants in 2010; 5,687 ha; municipal website) is located in the northeast of Segovia Province, on the border with the Madrid Autonomous Community, here the Somosierra Pass [puerto], 60 km from Segovia The municipality is made of the villages of La Rades, Rosuero, Siguero, Sigueruelo and Villarejo (capital).

Santo Tomé, of medieval origin, was part of the Community of the Town and Land of Sepúlveda. Santo Tomé is mentioned in historical documents as a place of rest located on the old Royal Road Madrid-Bayonne. The local tradition says that the last battle won over the Moors in Castile was fought there on St. Thomas' day, therefore the name of the place and the building of a chapel later transformed into a monastery. A chronic dated 1288 claims that the monastery was named Santo Tomé de Segovilla because it was funded by a donation from Seville. The monastery set up the Juanilla inn, which was highly estimated by the travellers who needed some rest before the ascension of the Somosierra Pass. The remains of the monastery, mostly a tower, can be seen near the local airfield.

Ivan Sache, 6 April 2011

Symbols of Santo Tomé del Puerto

The flag and arms of Santo Tomé del Puerto are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 April 1998 by the Segovia Provincial Government, signed on 8 May 1998 by the President of the Government, and published on 27 May 1998 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 98 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, with proportions 1:1, red with a white bend. In the middle is placed the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Coat of arms: Per fess serrated, 1. Vert a Cross of St. John argent, 2. Gules a castle or in chief and in base a key argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History recommended some modifications in the arms. The use of a serrated division in the shield, not existing in Spanish heraldry, does not provide enough space for the big charges used. Recalling the Order of St. John does not require the use of the cross wore by the knights, but, instead, the use of a regular cross. The proposed flag is acceptable, provided the arms are modified as recommended (Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2000, 197, 1: 175).

Ivan Sache, 6 April 2011