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Riofrío (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2015-01-17 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Riofrío

The municipality of Riofrío (252 inhabitants in 2010; 6,500 ha) is located in the center of Ávila Province, 20 km of Ávila.

Riofrío and its scenic landscapes have been popularized by the writer Azorín (José Augusto Trinidad Martínez Ruiz, 1873-1967; biography); in his historical novel Un pueblecito: Riofrío de Ávila (1916), dedicated to Antonio Machado, Azorín portrays Jacinto Bejarano Galavis, a sensual priest who left the Madrid Court to serve as the Riofrío parish priest and published in 1791 his Sentimientos patrióticos (Patriotic feelings). In his essay Azorín: Primores de lo vulgar (1917), José Ortega y Gasset highlighted the affinity between Azorín and Bejarano.

Ivan Sache, 28 April 2011

Symbols of Riofrío

The flag and arms of Riofrío are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 13 February 1996 by the Provincial Executive and published on 28 February 1996 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 42 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, tierced on top, 1. and 3. Green and 2. Per bend three white and two blue. In the middle is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Vert a river per bend of three waves argent and two azure surrounded by two zoomorphic bull sculptures or. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 28 April 2011