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Pancorbo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Pancorbo - Image by Ivan Sache, 28 February 2015

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Presentation of Pancorbo

The municipality of Pancorbo (534 inhabitants in 2010; 5,845 ha; municipal website) is located in the northeast of the Province of Burgos, 70 km of Burgos.

Pancorbo was mentioned in 883 in Cronicón Albeldense as Pontecorbum. Incorporated into Navarre in 1029 after the death of King of Castile García Sanchez, Pancorbo was reincorporated into Castile in 1054, following the Battle of Atapuerca, by King Ferdinand I.
Reconquerred by Navarre in 1068, the village was eventually incorporated to Castile in 1076 by Alfonso VI. On 8 March 1147, Alfonso VII granted a charter to Pancorbo, confirming its status of realengo (Royal domain) and allowing a weekly market. Once capital of the Bureba region, Pancorbo declined in the 14th century when the capital was transferred to Briviesca. The village was eventually granted to the Burgos Council in 1379 by John I.
The St. Engracia fort of Pancorbo was built at the end of the 18th century, after Spain had declared war to the French Republic in 1793; the fort, protected by 173 cannons, could cater 600 horses and 10,000 soldiers. Decommissioned in 1796 following the Spanish-French alliance, the fort was seized in 1808 by the French troops, who eventually surrendered in June 1813.

Ivan Sache, 23 March 2011

Symbols of Pancorbo

The flag and arms of Pancorbo are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 4 June 1999 by the Burgos Provincial Government, signed on 15 June 1999 by the President of the Government, and published on 25 June 1999 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 121, p. 6,840 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Tricolor. Red in the central stripe, 0.50; yellow in the upper stripe, 0.25; and white in the lower stripe, 0.25; or, gules, or and argent. The shape matching the prescription of Castile and León, that is square with the municipal coat of arms in the middle of the flag.
Coat of arms: Gules a three-towered castle gules masoned sable port and windows azure surrounded by curved [corvos] caps argent in chief a bread [pan] or. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

The flag in use on the Town Hall has proportions 2:3 instead of the prescribed 1:1.

Ivan Sache, 28 February 2015