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Villangómez (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Villangómez - Image from the Escudos y Banderas de la Provincia de Burgos website, 6 March 2014

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Presentation of Villangómez

The municipality of Villangómez (261 inhabitants in 2009; 3,835 ha; municipal website) is located 20 km of Burgos. The municipality is made of the villages of Villangómez (163 inh.; capital) and Villafuertes (98 inh.).

Villangómez must have been named after the founder of the settlement, a lord Gome/Gómez. A parchment dated 1185, kept in the Burgos Cathedral, mentions "Villa de Don Gómez". However, the area was resettled much earlier, soon after the foundation of the fortified town of Burgos (884).

Ivan Sache, 6 March 2011

Symbols of Villangómez

The flag and arms of Villangómez (village blog), adopted on 13 December 1999 by the Municipal Council, are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 13 April 2000 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 18 April 2000 by the President of the Government, and published on 8 May 2000 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 87, pp. 5,447-5,448 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, tricolor green, yellow and red. Along the hoist, five green triangular gyrons of equal base and height, serrated with the yellow (upper half of the flag) and the red (lower half of the flag) parts. In the middle is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Gules a bend vert fimbriated or charged with three bezants or and two spikes of the same and surrounded with the castle of Castile proper over waves argent and a sword argent, in chief three stars or, eight-pointed in the center otherwise six-pointed. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The symbols were designed by Friar Valentín de la Cruz, the Official Chronicler of the Province of Burgos. The castle recalls that Villangómez belongs to Castile while the sword alludes to the resettler Gómez. The six-pointed stars represent the villages incorporated to Villangómez, itself represented by the eight-pointed star. The green bend represents agriculture, the spike represents grain growing. The three bezants (coins) stand for trade.

Ivan Sache, 6 March 2011