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Villagonzalo Pedernales (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Villagonzalo Pedernales - Image from the Escudos y Banderas de la Provincia de Burgos website, 5 March 2014

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Presentation of Villagonzalo Pedernales

The municipality of Villagonzalo Pedernales (1,529 inhabitants in 2009; 1,376 ha) is located 5 km south-southwest of Burgos.

Ivan Sache, 24 January 2011

Symbols of Villagonzalo Pedernales

The flag of Villagonzalo Pedernales is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 11 July 2002 by the Municipal Council, signed on 10 September 2002 by the Mayor, and published on 27 September 2002 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 188, p. 12,615 (text).
The flag is described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular horizontal flag, a yellow (or) equilateral triangle at hoist (whose size shall be equal to the flag's size), in the rest of the panel two horizontal stripes, the upper stripe blue and the lower stripe red. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms.

The coat of arms of Villagonzalo Pedernales (municipal website) is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 14 July 1994 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 11 August 1994 by the President of the Government, and published on 30 August 1994 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 167, p. 12,615 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure a crozier argent per bend an abbot's mitre or with a Latin cross voided gules, 2. Gules a tower or masoned sable port and windows azure, grafted in base or a a flint [pedernal] rock purpure. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The first quarter recalls the men and women's San Julián de Pedernales monastery, founded in the 10th century and placed in the 13th century under the rule of the Las Huelgas Reales monastery (Burgos). The second quarter recalls the lineage of Alfonso García de Sorias, who settled the village. The point of the shield makes the arms canting.

The same Decree also prescribed a municipal flag, probably superseded by the more elaborated design adopted in 2002, described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, with proportions 1:1, with a yellow bend of 1/5th of the opposed diagonal; the upper part red, the lower part blue.

The Royal Academy of History did not approve the proposed coat of arms, claiming that una lastra de pedernal (a flint rock) does not match an element of defined design and easy to identify by all, as should be the heraldic charges. Moreover, the placement of the mitre over the crozier is unusual and "totally discordant with the real use of these emblems". The Academy accepted the proposed flag (Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1996, 193, 1: 188).

Ivan Sache, 12 May 2011