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Villares de Órbigo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Villares de Órbigo - Image by Antonio Gutiérrez (VexiLeón website), 21 April 2015

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Presentation of Villares de Órbigo

The municipality of Villares de Órbigo (738 inhabitants in 2009; 2,585 ha; municipal website) is located in the center of the Province of León, 30 km of León. Watered by river Órbigo and crossed by the Way of St. James, the municipality is made of the villages of Villares de Órbigo (capital), Moral de Órbigo, San Felíz de Órbigo, Santibáñez de Valdeiglesias and Valdeiglesias.

Ivan Sache, 18 October 2010

Symbols of Villares de Órbigo

The flag and arms of Villares de Órbigo (municipal website) are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 26 May 2010 by the Municipal Council, signed on 17 July 2010 by the Mayor, and published on 14 July 2010 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 134, pp. 56,522-56,523 (text).
The symbols, which were designed by Laureano M. Rubio Pérez, are described as follows:

Flag: The flag shall be of rectangular shape, according to the León tradition, with proportions 2:3. The panel shall be divided in two horizontal stripes, in respective proportions 2/3 and 1/3, separated by a golden fimbriation, the upper stripe crimson red and the lower stripe deep green. On the upper stripe is placed a complete white cross, fimbriated in gold, the vertical arm of height 1/5 of the hoist and twice wider than the horizontal arm. The municipal coat of arms shall be placed on the rectangle.
Coat of arms:
1. Field: Spanish traditional shape, rectangular, rounded-off in base. Dimensions : Five in length by six in height.
1.1. Divisions of the field: Per fess the upper part per pale. Three quarters.
Quarters: First quarter: Gules five heads of garlic argent placed 2 + 1 + 2. Second quarter: Argent a lion rampant purpure adextered langued armed and crowned or. Third quarter: Vert, five mills or on waves azure and argent. Inescutcheon or the Cross of St. James.

In the first quarter, the heads of garlic symbolize the irrigated gardens (huertas) maintained for ages in the municipality, specialized in the production of cabbage, garlic, pepper, onions, chick peas, beans and leek. Garlic seems to be particularly important in the village of Villares de Órbigo. The five heads represent the five villages forming the municipality. The second quarter represents León. In the third quarter, the grain mills of San Felíz de Órbigo, no longer active, recall the significance of water (river Órbigo, canals, fountains and ponds) for the development of the villages. The escutcheon highlights the location of the villages on the Way of St. James.

The symbols were unveiled on 19 September 2010 (La Crónica de León, 20 September 2010).

Ivan Sache, 18 October 2010