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Gordoncillo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Gordoncillo - Image by Antonio Gutiérrez (VexiLeón website), 19 February 2015

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Presentation of Gordoncillo

The municipality of Gordoncillo (499 inhabitants in 2010; 2,336 ha; municipal website) is located in the southeast of the Province of León, on the border with the Province of Valladolid, 60 km of León.

Ivan Sache, 11 May 2011

Symbols of Gordoncillo

The flag and arms of Gordoncillo (municipal website) are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 April 1994 by the León Provincial Government, signed on 5 May 1994 by the President of the Government, and published on 19 May 1994 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 96 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, garnet-colored with a yellow cross throughout. In the middle of the flag is placed the crowned municipal coat of arms, in full colors.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Or a bunch of black grapes proper, 2a. Azure a dulzaina argent per bend sinister, 2b. Argent a stake proper, a bordure compony four pieces vert a scallop or four pieces or a wolf gules. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

Red is the color of the local wines, also a symbol of strength, victory and highness.
Yellow is the color of the fire and of ripe crops, also a symbol of nobleness, light, constancy and wisdom.
Blue is the symbol of justice, truth and loyalty.
Green is the symbol of hope, friendship and respect.

The elements shown on the coat of arms reflect the spirit of Gordoncillo and of its inhabitants:
- the bunch of grapes highlights the significance of wine growing for the economy of the village;
- the dulzaina [a double-reed instrument of Arabic origin, widely played in different regions of Spain] represents the dance organized for years in the village by the religious brotherhoods, so famous that it once shocked the Leonese bishops;
- the stake recalls the 400 villagers asphyxiated and burned in the parish church during the wars of the second half of the 15th century;
- the wolves symbolize the Osorio family, Marquis of Astorga, once lords of the village;
- the scallops symbolize the Pimentel family, Counts of Benavente, once lords of the village.

Ivan Sache, 11 May 2011