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Canencia (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Canencia - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 July 2015

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Presentation of Canencia

The municipality of Canencia (476 inhabitants in 2014; 5,270 ha; municipal website) is located in the north of the Community of Madrid, 80 km of Madrid.

Canencia was re-settled by colonists from Segovia after the conquest of Toledo by Alfonso VI (1085). Until the end of the feudal system, the village belonged to the Community of the Town and Land of Segovia. Alfonso XI's Libro de la montería mentions Canencia as a Royal hunting place. Some authors believe that the name of the village is related with Royal kennels established there; dog's heads are indeed represented on the canopies of the parish church.
The historical development of the village was connected with the monastery of El Paular, the main source of income being wool.

Ivan Sache, 3 July 2015

Symbols of Canencia

The flag and arms of Canencia are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 3 July 2003 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 14 July 2003 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 165, p. 43 (text) and on 13 August 2003 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 193, p. 31,514 (text). The symbols, originally adopted on 26 March 2002 by the Municipal Council, were validated on 24 April 2003 by the Heraldry Assessors (Royal Academy "Matritense" of Heraldry and Genealogy).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3, quartered in four equal parts, blue at upper hoist and lower fly and white at lower hoist and upper fly. In the center is placed the coat of arms of the municipality, surmounted by a Royal Crown.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Argent three greyhounds sable per pale, 2. Argent three fesses wavy azure. The shield surmounted by a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History validated the proposed symbols "without any difficulty".
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2004, 201:3, 508]

Ivan Sache, 3 July 2015