Last modified: 2014-12-29 by ivan sache
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Flag of San Cristóbal de la Polantera
- left, as prescribed - Image by Antonio Gutiérrez (VexiLeón website), 4 April 2011
- right, as shown on the municipal website - Image by Ivan Sache, coat of arms by "SanchoPanzaXXI" (Wikimedia Commons), 4 April 2011
The municipality of San Cristóbal de la Polantera (866 inhabitants in 2010; 2,456 ha; municipal website) is located in the south of León Province, 40 km of León. The municipality is made of the villages of Matilla de la Vega, Posadilla de la Vega, San Cristóbal de la Polantera (capital), San Román el Antiguo, Seisón de la Vega, Veguellina de Fondo, Villagarc’a de la Vega and Villamediana de la Vega.
San Cristóbal de la Polantera was resettled by the Marquis of Astorga, who granted pomaradas (estates) to the colonists, as prescribed in a charter granted to the settlement, lit. carta puebla entera, the origin of Polantera. The bells of the San Cristóbal church are famous all over the province for their long-lasting, low sounds.
Posadilla de la Vega was resettled by the Counts of Luna. A priory of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem located in San Román el Antiguo ruled a parish including the villages of San Román el Antiguo, Matilla de la Vega, Veguellina de Fondo, Villamediana and Seisón de la Vega.
Ivan Sache, 4 April 2011
The flag and arms of San Cristóbal de la Polantera are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 28 January 1998 by the Municipal Council, signed on 5 May 1999 by the Mayor, and published on 21 May 1999 in the official
gazette of Castilla y León, No. 96, p. 5,485 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:
Flag: Flag made of three equal horizontal stripes, the outer stripe white and the central stripe blue, and of a vertical stripe placed along the hoist of 1/3 in width, red with a white Cross of St. John of Jerusalem.
Coat of arms: Per fess, 1a. Or two wolves gules langued of the same, 1b. Argent a lion rampant gules bendy or, 2. Gules a Cross of St. John of Jerusalem argent. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.
The municipal website shows and describes a different flag, with the municipal coat of arms in the middle of the blue stripe and no cross in the red stripe.
The Royal Academy of History approved the use on the arms of the Osorio's wolves, because of the direct link of the place with the Marquis of Astorga. However, the use of the Benavides' lion was justified by a non-existing County. Moreover, recalling the Order of St. John does not require the use of the cross wore by the knights, but, instead, the use of a normal cross, both on the flag and arms (Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2000, 182, 1: 174).
Ivan Sache, 4 April 2011