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Villamantilla (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Villamantilla - Image by Ivan Sache, 5 August 2015

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Presentation of Villamantilla

The municipality of Villamantilla (1,241 inhabitants in 2014; 2,399 ha; municipal website) is located in the south-west of the Community of Madrid, 45 km of Madrid.
Villamantilla was most probably established earlier than the 12th century by shepherds. The village belonged to the Community of the Town and Land of Segovia, until granted the status of "villa" in 1629 and acquired by different, successive lords (Bartolomé Espinola, Miguel de Monsalve, the Marquis of Perales...).

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2015

Symbols of Villamantilla

The flag (photos, photo, photo) and arms of Villamantilla are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 9 January 1997 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 24 January 1997 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 20, p. 32 (text), and on 18 February 1997 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 42, p. 5,501 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3. White in the upper half and blue in the lower half, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per bend sinister, 1. Azure a pair of scales argent, 2. Gules a two-storeyed aqueduct on ten rocks all argent. Grafted in base argent three wheat spikes vert. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

The Royal Academy of History rejected previously submitted symbols. The proposed arms were divided per pale, with an effigy of Archangel St. Michael in the first quarter and a garb of wheat spikes in the second quarter. The charges were accepted, as representing the patron saint of the municipality and local agriculture, but their representation was deemed inadequate. The archangel should be represented by one of his attributes, in compliance with the norms and good style of heraldry. The garb of wheat should be represented in a balanced manner, proportional to the area of the quarter, without leaving wide empty space above and beneath it.
The proposed flag also featured a representation of the archangel. The complexity of the figure is not compatible with the schematization and chromatic contrast sought in modern flags. Moreover, a faithful representation of the design will be technically difficult. The proposed design includes a wavy stripe, which cannot be accepted since it is not present on the coat of arms.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1995, 192:3, 523]

Ivan Sache, 5 August 2015