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Fuentelcésped (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Fuentelcésped

The municipality of Fuentelcésped (198 inhabitants in 2009; 2,242 ha; municipal website) is located 90 km of Burgos.

Fuentelcésped is named for a pond surrounded by a meadow (césped), once located in the center of the village. Mentioned for the first time in 1177, the village belonged from 1217 to 1560 to the La Vid monastery. In 1560, the villagers purchased the status of villa (Royal town) and ruled themselves except between 1607 and 1775, when the Count of Miranda and the Duke of Peñaranda were (nominal) lords of Fuentelcésped. The village was ruled by the powerful Open Council, where every villager had a vote. In 1660, the Council ordered to share among the villagers grain stored by the Canons of Segovia; in 1687, it promulgated a single price for wine to limit competition between wine-growers.
The main activity in the village is the production of red and rosé wines from the Tempranillo, Albillo and Garnacha grapes (500 ha).

Ivan Sache, 19 November 2010

Symbols of Fuentelcésped

The flag and arms of Fuentelcésped are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 24 June 2008 by the Municipal Council, signed on 14 October 2008 by the Mayor, and published on 29 October 2008 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 209, p. 21,286 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: The flag shall be with proportions 1:1, quadrangular and tricolor. First: Yellow horizontal (0.3) stripe. Second: Red horizontal (0.4) stripe. Third: Green horizontal (0.3) stripe. In the middle of the flag appears the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per fess 1. Gules, two smooth Solomonian columns, with base and capital, in right chief, a shield of Castile or, in left chief a crescent argent ensigned by an eight-pointed star of the same. 2a. Or a grapevine stock eradicated sable leaved vert. 2b. Vert a fountain argent with two water pipes masoned sable. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 19 November 2010