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Ameyugo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Ameyugo - Image by Eduardo Panizo Gómez (Vexilla Hispanica website), 18 April 2011

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Presentation of Ameyugo

The municipality of Ameyugo (99 inhabitants in 2010; 1,251 ha; municipal website) is located 75 km of Burgos.

Ameyugo developed below a castle built on a hill to watch the border with the Muslim states. A small tower from the ruined castle was used as an optic telegraph during the Carlist Wars. The Romanesque apse of the St. John chapel, used as the parish church until 1776, was sold and shipped to the USA.
Ameyugo belonged to the Counts of Lara, succeeded by the Velasco and the Vélez de Guevara; the tower still visible in the village was probably built in 1480 by Isabel de Guevara.

Ivan Sache, 18 April 2011

Symbols of Ameyugo

The flag and arms of Ameyugo are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 12 November 1998 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 30 November 1998 by the President of the Government and published on 10 December 1998 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 236 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Castilian flag, with proportions 1:1, aguada en bajo, with its upper edges in white and its field azure. In the middle a three-arched bridge or over waves argent ensigned with a scallop or.
Coat of arms: Argent cantonned with two lions rampant affronty purpure a mantle gules a castle or masoned sable port and windows azure surmounted with a scallop or, a chief azure a bridge argent masoned sable over waves azure and argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The Royal Academy of History could not find in the material supporting the proposed arms why the lions have been arranged differently from usual in the royal arms of Castile and León. The addition to the chief of a bridge over waves, which should be justified in the documentation, is aesthetically unfortunate.
The proposed flag would be acceptable if some charges of the coat of arms had not been selected in a whimsical and incoherent manner. When charges from the arms appear on a flag, they have to be featured in the same arrangement and colours.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2000, 197, 2: 344.]

Ivan Sache, 9 February 2015