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Villazala (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Villazala

The municipality of Villazala (829 inhabitants in 2010; 4,542 ha) is located in the south of León Province, 40 km of León. The municipality is made of the villages of Villazala (capital), Huerga de Frailes, Castrillo de San Pelayo, San Pelayo, Santa Marinica and Valdesandinas.

Villazala is a village of Moorish origin. Julia Vivar Godoy, a local writer from the beginning of the 20th century, published in 1934 the short story La cerrajera: leyenda mora, in which she developed the Villazala legend. Alíatar, the son of the prince ruling the Órbigo region, fell in love with a princess named Zalda, who accepted to marry him only if he crossed the river Órbigo and met her in her garden. Since then, the village has been known as Villa Zaida, subsequently changed to Villazala.

Ivan Sache, 31 May 2011

Symbols of Villazala

The flag and arms of Villazala are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 24 March 2008 by the Municipal Council, signed on 25 March 2008 by the Mayor, and published on 2 April 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 63, p. 6,157 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag with proportions 2:3, made of three equal horizontal stripes, the upper and lower stripes green and the middle stripe white, with a red triangle at hoist. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms:
1. Shield configuration
    a. Field configuration [Shield in Spanish shape, 6 cm x 5 cm - lengthy description skipped];
    b. Field divisions [Per pale the sinister field per fess - lengthy description skipped];
    c. Quarters
        c.a. First quarter. As a reference to the six places forming the municipality, to the significance of poplar, and to the three watercourses that water the municipal territory (river Órbigo, and irrigation canals Cerrajera and Castañón), the first quarter is charged with six poplars vert placed 2 + 2 + 2 on two waves azure and argent. [The field is or, not mentioned];
        c.b. Second quarter. As a reference to the architecture of the village, to its Arabic origin and to the socio-economic significance of its flax mill, the second quarter is charged with such a mill surrounded by an iron arch. This is an artificial figure of architectural character. On a field azure (blue) recalling the shade of the water of river Órbigo, a mill or arched argent as a straightforward reference to the productive activity and to the Arabic and Christian past;
        c.c. Third quarter. As a reference to the resettlement organized by the Kings of León, to the origin of the village and to its incorporation to the Kingdom of León, the third quarter is charged with a lion rampant armed and langued purpure, crowned or on a field argent;
2. Crown.
The appropriate crown is the Royal Spanish crown; the shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed [lengthy description skipped].

Ivan Sache, 31 May 2011