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Flag of Duruelo de la Sierra - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 February 2015
The municipality of Duruelo de la Sierra (1,322 inhabitants in 2010; 4,484 ha; municipal website) is located in the northwest of the Province of Soria, on the border with the Province of Burgos and La Rioja, 60 km from Soria.
Duruelo means "small Duero", referring to river Duero that takes its
source on the municipal territory; accordingly, Duruelo and Porto,
located at the mouth of Douro, twinned in 1989. "de la Sierra" refers
to the Sierra de Urbión range, which peaks on the municipal territory at
Pico de Urbión (2,229 m, also the highest point of the Soria Province).
Mozarab colonists were the first historical settlers of Duruelo, as evidenced by a necropolis (9th-12th centuries) and three Muslim arches (10th century) in the parish church. Subsequently deserted, the area was resettled in the 13th century by the Soria Council on behalf of King Ferdinand III the Saint; the charter prescribing the limits of the village and the rivers, pastures and properties allocated to the settlers is kept in the Municipal Archives. The rights of the villagers were confirmed by several kings, from Sancho IV to Philip II.
The 1,747 pines located on the municipal territory are randomly allocated every year, an old privilege that was last confirmed on 16 September 1901. Timber wood is used to produce pieces of furniture by the COMAR company, cooperatively managed by the villagers.
Ivan Sache, 30 April 2011
The flag of Duruelo de la Sierra is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 5 April 1993 by the
Soria Provincial Government, signed
on 4 July 1996 by the President of the Government, and published on 16 July 1996 in the official gazette
of Castilla y León, No. 136 (text).
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Quadrangular flag tierced per pale blue, white and green. In the center of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms in full colors.
Flag of Duruelo de la Sierra, originally submitted design - Image by Ivan Sache, 18 February 2015
The Royal Academy of History validated the flag, "of new creation,
square according to the description but represented as rectangular".
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 1993, 190, 2: 334.]
The coat of arms of Duruelo de la Sierra is prescribed by Decree No.
1,147, adopted on 18 May 1967 by the Spanish Government and published
on 6 June 1967 in the Spanish official gazette, No. 134, p. 7,782 (text).
The coat of arms, which was validated by the Royal Academy of History, is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Spanish shield. Argent [light blue on the images] a white pine proper on a base vert between two converging rivers argent [and azure]. The whole surmounted by a Royal crown.
Ivan Sache, 18 February 2015mailme.html