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Espinosa de Villagonzalo (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2014-12-29 by ivan sache
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Flag of Espinosa de Villagonzalo - Image by "Valdavia" (Wikimedia Commons), 1 March 2011

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Presentation of Espinosa de Villagonzalo

The municipality of Espinosa de Villagonzalo (211 inhabitants in 2009; 3,804 ha; municipal website) is located 60 km from Palencia.

Espinosa de Villagonzalo is named for Latin spinus, "a hawthorn"; the -osa suffix indicates that the place was crowded with hawthorn. "de Villagonzalo", added in the 19th century to the name of the village, recalls the long disappeared settlement of Villagonzalo, probably named for the Gothic lord Gundisalvus. At the end of the 11th century, the today's municipal territory indeed included the settlements of Spinosa, Villa Gonzalo and another disappeared hamlet, Castrogonzalo. In the late 12th century, King Alfonso VIII granted Espinosa de Villagonzalo to the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.

Ivan Sache, 1 March 2011

Symbols of Espinosa de Villagonzalo

The flag and arms of Espinosa de Villagonzalo are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 17 August 2001 by the Municipal Council, signed on 20 August 2001 by the Mayor, and published on 31 August 2001 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 170, p. 12,927 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag with proportions 2:3, made of three vertical stripes with proportions 1:2, 1:4 and 1:4, the stripe at hoist yellow with a green hawthorn with red thorns, the middle stripe red and the stripe at fly white.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a cross of St. John of Jerusalem argent, 2. Gules a pillory argent, grafted in base or a branch of hawthorn vert thorny gules. The shield surmounted with a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 1 March 2011