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Piñuécar-Gandullas (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Piñuécar-Gandullas - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 July 2015

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Presentation of Piñuécar-Gandullas

The municipality of Piñuécar-Gandullas (172 inhabitants in 2014; 1,819 ha; municipal website) is located in the north of the Community of Madrid, 80 km of Madrid. The municipality is made of the villages of Piñuécar (capital), Gandullas and Bellidas (deserted since the middle of the 20th century).
Piñuécar-Gandullas was part of the Marca Media, a region reconquerred form the Moors and re-settled by King Alfonso VI. The villages were established by shepherds from Sepúlveda, and, subsequently, Buitrago. Piñuécar was named for pines, while the etymology of Gandullas is unknown.

Ivan Sache, 19 July 2015

Symbols of Piñuécar-Gandullas

The flag and arms of Piñuécar-Gandullas are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 29 October 2003 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 5 November 2003 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 264, pp. 17-18 (text), and on 28 November 2003 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 285, p. 42,527 (text).
The symbols were originally adopted on 10 April 2002 by the Municipal Council. The Heraldry Assessors (Royal Academy "Matritense" of Heraldry and Genealogy) required corrections on 28 April 2002, which were implemented on 24 June 2003 by the Municipal Council.
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3. A yellow rectangular panel with a green border, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Or a bend azure cantonned in chief with a sundial proper in base with a pine vert. A bordure vert charged with four huts or. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History rejected the proposed arms, pointing out that the representation of the sundial was "not usual". Would the pine be kept in the corrected arms, it should be drawn more carefully, with an increased size to better fit in the quarter.
The Academy validated the proposed flag, stating that it would be, however, preferable to include new proposals of both the flag and the arms in the resubmission.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2005, 202:1, 163]

Ivan Sache, 27 July 2015