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Municipality of Zorita de la Frontera (Salamanca Province, Castile and Leon, Spain)

Last modified: 2011-01-22 by eugene ipavec
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Introduction

The municipality of Zorita de la Frontera (232 inhabitants in 2009; 3,213 ha) is located in the north-east of the Salamanca Province, 60 km from the provincial capital.

Zorita might be an Arabic toponym meaning "blue dove." The frontier alluded in the village's name was the border between the kingdoms of Castile and Leon in the 12th-13th centuries.

Ivan Sache, 21 Nov 2010


Description

The flag and arms of Zorita de la Frontera are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 26 August 2008 by the Municipal Council, signed on 18 September 2008 by the Mayor, and published on 26 September 2008 in the official gazette of Castile and Leon, No. 187, p. 19,070. The symbols are described as follows:

Municipal flag: Rectangular flag with proportions 2:3, made of two equal vertical stripes, white with a red lion rampant, armed and crowned in yellow, at hoist, and blue with an eradicated yellow pine at fly Municipal arms: Per fess, 1. Argent a lion rampant gules armed and crowned or, 2. Azure a pine eradicated or. The shield surmountedwith a Royal Crown closed.

Source: http://bocyl.jcyl.es/boletines/2008/09/26/pdf/BOCYL-D-26092008-22.pdf

The flag is therefore a banner of the municipal arms. The municipal website claims that the arms date back to 1238, when King Alfonso the Wise granted the title of "Muy Leal" (Very Loyal) to the town, for it support against the rebellion of his son Sancho.

Ivan Sache, 21 Nov 2010