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Valdestillas (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Valdestillas - Image by Eduardo Panizo Gómez (Vexilla Hispanica website), 23 May 2011

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Presentation of Valdestillas

The municipality of Valdestillas (1,765 inhabitants in 2010; 3,647 ha) is located in the center of Valladolid Province, 20 km from Valladolid.

Valdestillas was originally known as Valle de las Astillas (Splinters' Valley), referring to the local resources in timber wood. In the Middle Ages, the Valdestillas Inn (Mesón de Valdestillas), located on the road from Valladolid to Madrid, was one of the most famous inns in Spain; Cervantes alludes to la moza gallega que servía in Valdeastillas (the Galician maid who served in Valdestillas) in the "The Conversation of the Dogs" (El coloquio de los perros), the last of the collection of short stories known as "Exemplary Novels" (Novelas exemplares). Avellaneda mentions un mesonero de Val de Estillas (a Valdestillas inn-keeper) at the end of the second part of La historia del ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha, indeed a sequel of Cervantes' original novel.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2011

Symbols of Valdestillas

The flag and arms of Valdestillas, adopted on 28 April 1989 by the Municipal Council and validated by the Royal Academy of History, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 9 April 1991 by the Government of Castilla y León and published on 12 April 1991 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 70 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, green with five golden splinters [astillas] per saltire.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1. Or a pine tree proper terraced surrounded by two lions affronty purpure tied to the trunk by a chain sable, 2. Vert a vase argent with three lilies of the same cantonned with four splinters or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown.

Ivan Sache, 23 May 2011