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Vega de Tirados (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Vega de Tirados - Image by Ricardo Gil Turrión, 23 January 2017


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Presentation of Vega de Tirados

The municipality of Vega de Tirados (180 inhabitants in 2015; 2,811 ha; unofficial website) is located 25 km of SalamancaThe municipality is made of the villagse of Vega de Tirados (148 inh.), Tirados de la Vega (18 inh.), La Cabra (13 inh.), El Carmen (1 inh.), Las Cuestas (1 inh.), Baños de Ledesma (deserted), and Carrascalino (deserted).

Vega de Tirados was mentioned, as La Vega, in the report made in 1604 by the visitador (envoy) of Luis Fernández de Córdoba, Bishop of Salamanca, At the time, the municipality, which belonged to the Land of Ledesma, had its seat in Tirados (17 households), with La Vega (12 households), Baños and Omillos (3 households) as its dependencies. Carrascalino depended on the municipality of Vulpexas, today, Golpejas.
Pascual Madoz' dictionary (1845-1850) lists the municipality of La Vega de Tirados with La Vega de Tirados (38 households) as its capital and Tirados de la Vega (20 households, 79 souls), Baños, Cabra (deserted) and Carrascalino (deserted) as its dependencies. The changes in the place names reflects the change in their respective status.

The Baths of Ledesma (corporate website) were already known to the Romans. as mentioned in 1896 in the Bibliografía Médica Española: "From the ruins and remains found in 1885, José López believes that the Romans established a swimming pool of 960 square feet in area, with five smaller pools, interconnected and housed in a wealthy building. The Arab baths were smaller, of 693 feet."
Alfonso Limón Montero, one of the first Spanish medical doctors interested in baths, described the Baths of Ledesma in 1697, as the "crystalline sword of water in Spain". The Baths of Ledesma were further popularized by Diego de Torres Villarroel, Professor at the University of Salamanca (Uso y provechos de los Baños de Ledesma).
The Baths of Ledesma were registered on 31 May 1886 as "Water of Mineral and Medical Interest" and in 1931 as an Historical and Artistic Monument. Today one of the biggest spa in Spain, the Baths of Ledesma have been managed since 1990 on the state's behalf by the non-profit organization Montepío y Mutualidad de la Minería Asturiana.
The sulphur-bearing water, gushing forth from a source at a temperature of 46.4 C, is directly supplied to the modern spa. It is recommended to heal respiratory, articular, post-traumatic, neurological and dermatologic ailments.

Ivan Sache, 23 January 2017


Symbols of Vega de Tirados

The flag and arms of Vega de Tirados are prescribed by an Agreement adopted on 15 November 2016 by the Municipal Council, signed on 19 December 2016 by the Mayor and published on 29 December 2016 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 249, p. 59,309 (text).
The symbols, which are supported by a memoir written by Ricardo Gil Turrión, are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, in proportions 1:1. Yellow with a red chevron supported by the hoist and charged with seven yellow stars. In the triangle at hoist five vertical wavy blue stripes not touching the chevron.
Coat of arms: Spanish shield, oblong and rounded-off in base, or with an inverted chevron or, charged with seven stars or, surmounted by five fesses wavy azure, in base two acorns gules. The shield surmounted by a Spanish Royal crown.

The fesses wavy represent the two rivers that water the municipal territory, Valmuza and Tormes, and, especially, the Baths of Ledesma located on river Tormes.
The seven stars represent the seven settlements forming the municipality.
The inverted chevron forms letter "V", representing Vega de Tirados, the capital of the municipality.
The two acorns represent a main product of the municipal territory; easily schematized according to the principles of heraldry, they contribute to the balance of the design.
The Royal Crown follows the model recently adopted by Felipe VI.
[Designers' Facebook post, 24 April 2016]

Ivan Sache, 23 January 2017