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Zarapicos (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Zarapicos - Image by Ricardo Gil Turrión, 11 December 2016

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Presentation of Zarapicos

The municipality of Zarapicos (51 inhabitants in 2015; 765 ha) is located 20 km north-west of Salamanca. The municipality is made of the villages of Zarapicos and Aldehuela de la Huelga (deserted).

Ivan Sache, 11 December 2016

Symbols of Zarapicos

The flag and arms of Zarapicos (designer's images) are prescribed by an Agreement adopted on 24 August 2016 by the Municipal Council, signed on 30 September 2016 by the Mayor and published on 28 November 2016 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 226, p. 54,395 (text).
The symbols, which are supported by a memoir written by Ricardo Gil Turrión, are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, in proportions 1:1. Blue with a yellow bend, in height 1/6 of the flag's hoist and charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Spanish shield rounded-off in base. Per fess, 1. Gules two St. James' scallops argent, 2. Azure two curlews affronty looking at the flanks of the shield. Grafted in base, Vert a golf ball argent charged with a "Ç" vert. The shield surmounted by a Spanish Royal crown closed.

The two scallops symbolize the two villages forming the municipality and their patron saint, St. James. According to the Ensenada cadaster (1753), the villages paid a part of the tithe to the chapter of the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The two curlews (zarapitos) makes the arms canting. Curlews must have been common in the area at some time of its early history. The village was first documented in 1260 as Çarapicos, a written form also recalls by the letter "Ç".
The golf ball represents the Salamanca-Zarapicos Golf Course, inaugurated on 8 September 1990.
The Royal Crown follows the model recently adopted by Felipe VI.
[Designer's Facebook post, 5 March 2016]

Ivan Sache, 11 December 2016