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Modúbar de la Emparedada (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Modúbar de la Emparedada, left, as prescribed, right, as used - Images by Ivan Sache, 14 January 2011, coat of arms by "SanchoPanzaXXI" (Wikimedia Commons)

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Presentation of Modúbar de la Emparedada

The municipality of Modúbar de la Emparedada (472 inhabitants in 2009; 1,175 ha) is located in the center of the Province of Burgos, 15 km of Burgos. The municipality is made of the villages of Modúbar de la Emparedada (capital) and Cojóbar.

Modúbar is a name shared by four neighboring villages in Province of Burgos, Modúbar de la Cuesta (part of the municipality of Carcedo de Burgos), Modúbar de la Emparedada, Modúbar de San Cibrián and Modúbar de Zafalanes (deserted for long). Modúbar is a word of pre-Roman origin, meaning "a hillock".
The Modúbar were given by Count of Castile García Fernández to the San Martín monastery, founded nearby by Diego and Fernando Gustios and Dame Lambra, the heroine of the Seven Infants of Lara legend. A document dated 1072 mentions Modúbar del Emperador, probably referring to King Alfonso VI, who often used the title of "Emperador". Dated 1350, the Register of the Castile Free Towns (Behetriás) lists Modua de la Emperedada.
A local legend explains that "de la Emperedada" refers to a lady who was walled up (emperedada) between the church's wall to protect the village from the black plague.

Ivan Sache, 14 January 2011

Symbols of Modúbar de la Emparedada

The flag and arms of Modúbar de la Emparedada are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 22 July 2002 by the Municipal Council, signed on 3 March 2003 by the Mayor, and published on 13 March 2003 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 50, p. 3,808 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular with proportions 1:1. A yellow bend sinister of 4/10 x 4/10 in size, surrounded by two triangles of 6/10 in size, blue in the upper part and red in the lower part. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules the arms of Castile ensigned with a six-pointed star or, 2. Or an oak eradicated vert, grafted in base argent a grape vert, a bordure azure a bird's feather or, a sword or and a lute fimbriated or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The unofficial website (no longer online) shows a photo of the flag (reverse) with proportions ~7:9 rather than the prescribed 1:1.

The first quarter of the arms represents Castile, the star representing the deserted village of Quintanilla de los Coxos. Mentioned for the first time in 929, the village was named after the Latin word coxis rather than the Spanish word cojo, "lame". The oak and the grape recall the local sources of income. The bordure is a tribute to the Gustios, with the knight's sword, the writer's feather and the jongleur's lute recalling the Seven Infants of Lara cantar de gesta (chanson de geste).

Ivan Sache, 14 January 2011