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Galisteo (Municipality, Extremadura, Spain)

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Presentation of Galisteo

The municipality of Galisteo (918 inhabitants in 2019; 6,547 ha; municipal website) is located 80 km north of Cáceres and 25 km south-west of Plasencia.

Galisteo was in th Roman times a camp established by the inhabitants of the post of Rusticiana, which was located 2 km from the today's town. Some historians claim that Galisteo was Medina Ghaliayah, the citadel from which the Abbassid ruler Almanzor (949-1002) conquered Galicia. The town is indeed surrounded by an Almohad wall erected between the 9th and 14th centuries.
Galisteo was first documented in 1217, when Alfonso IX granted the town to the Order of Calatrava. Alfonso X the Wise granted Galisteo to his elder son, Fernando de la Cerda, in 1268.
García Fernández Manrique, Count of Castañeda and Osorio, was offered Galisteo in 1429 by John II. His descendants were elevated Count of Galisteo in 1451 and Duke of Galisteo on 1631.

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2020

Flag of Galisteo

The flag and arms of Galisteo, adopted on 8 May 1987 by the Municipal Council and validated on 24 June 1988 by the Royal Academy of History, are prescribed by an Order issued on 12 June 1989 by the Government of Extremadura and published on 22 June 1989 in the official gazette of Extremadura, No. 46, pp. 944-945 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular. First and fourth, red (sic) with two caldrons chequy yellow and black in pale with seven green snakes emerging from the handles Charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms in full colors. Second and third, white with a stone wall masoned sable adextered a tower masoned sable.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules two caldrons chequy or and sable in pale seven snakes vert issuant from the handles, 2. Argent a stone wall masoned sable with a gate adextered a tower sable surmounted by an octagonal capital. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 20 March 2020