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Hontanares de Eresma (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Flag of Hontanares de Eresma - Image by Ivan Sache, 15 December 2010

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Presentation of Hontanares de Eresma

The municipality of Hontanares de Eresma (993 inhabitants in 2009; 613 ha) is located in the southwest of Segovia Province, 15 km from Segovia.
Hontanares de Eresma was originally known as Fontanares, recalling the numerous sources that attracted the resettlers. The municipality is made of the historical village and of the borough that developed more recently near the railway station.

Ivan Sache, 15 December 2010

Symbols of Hontanares de Eresma

The flag and arms of Hontanares de Eresma are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 31 May 2005 by the Municipal Council, signed on 1 June 2005 by the Mayor, and published on 14 June 2005 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 114, p. 10,448 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Rectangular flag, with proportions 2:3, made of seven horizontal stripes with proportions 1:5, 1:10, 1:10, 1:5, 1:10, 1:10 and 1:5, from top to bottom, red, white, blue, white, blue, white and red.
Coat of arms: Argent three fesses wavy azure in base ensigned with three poplars eradicated vert per fess a bordure gules three fountains argent one in chief and the two other affronty on the sides. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

The municipal symbols were designed by Vicente Tocino Letrado. His first draft of the memoir supporting the proposed symbols stated that the municipal arms should be based on aquatic symbols, more specifically the fountains of river Eresma recalling the etymology of the village's name. Moreover, the author recommended to include historical symbols recalling the Community of the Town and Land of Segovia and the San Millán sexmo (administrative division of the Community), or, the Our Lady of the Assumption church and local products, such as beans and sugar beet. The final version of the arms included aquatic elements but none of the other recommended elements (El Adelantado de Segovia, 31 January 2005).

Ivan Sache, 1 June 2011