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Velilla de San Antonio (Municipality, Community of Madrid, Spain)

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Flag of Velilla de San Antonio - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 August 2015

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Presentation of Velilla de San Antonio

The municipality of Velilla de San Antonio (12,334 inhabitants in 2014; 1,435 ha; municipal website) is located 15 km south-west of Madrid.

Velilla is named for the Latin word vigilia, "a watch", reflecting the location of the place on the border between the Moorish and Christian states, where a watch tower must have been erected. The dedication of the village to St. Anthony is not medieval, as locally believed, since the first mention of the name of Velilla de San Antonio dates back to the 18th century; the exact origin of the dedication is still a matter of controversy. The village was attacked and burned down during the War of the Comuneros, therefore the nickname of the inhabitants, los tostaos (The Toasted).
Velilla was granted the status of villa in 1627, to be transferred to the influent Count-Duke of Olivares.

Ivan Sache, 3 August 2015

Symbols of Velilla de San Antonio

The flag (photos, photo, photo) and arms of Velilla de San Antonio are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 17 January 1991 by the Government of the Community of Madrid and published on 6 March 1991 in the official gazette of the Community of Madrid, No. 55, pp. 13-14 (text), and on 22 April 1991 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 96, p. 12,507 (photo).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: In proportions 2:3. Divided per saltire, the lower and upper parts, blue, the lateral parts, white, in the center, the crowned municipal coat of arms.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a double-armed or patriarchal cross or, 2. Or a stone tower burning proper. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 3 August 2015