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Villaverde de Íscar (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Villaverde de Íscar

The municipality of Villaverde de Íscar (737 inhabitants in 2009; 2,780 ha; municipal website) is located in the west of Segovia Province, on the border with Valladolid Province, 70 km from Segovia.

Villaverde de Íscar was originally a hamlet depending on Íscar, a place mentioned for the first time in 939 in the Muslim chronicles relating Abd-ar-Rahman III's campaigns against the Christian settlements in the south of river Duero ("they headed to Hins'Skr [Íscar castle], which had been abandoned, destroyed it and sacked the domains of its people"). Following the seizure of Toledo in 1086 by King Alfonso VI, the border zones of the south of Duero were resettled by Álvar Fáñez de Minaya. In the "Tales of Count Lucanor" (1335), Juan Manuel mentions Íscar as Ixcar. Around the citadel of Íscar emerged different villages, including Villaverde; in 1120, the Segovia Diocese was founded, incorporating Íscar and its villages. Villaverde itself appears in a document of the Segovia Cathedral dated 1247, as part of the Community of the Village and Land of Íscar. In 1371, Villaverde was granted by King Henry IV to Juan González de Avellaneda and his wife María de Haza.

Ivan Sache, 14 February 2011

Symbols of Villaverde de Íscar

The flag and arms of Villaverde de Íscar are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 12 January 2001 by the Municipal Council, signed on 26 January 2001 by the Mayor, and published on 6 March 2001 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 46, p. 3,753 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular panel, with proportions 1:1, white with a green saltire of height 1/5 of the flag's hoist. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms, surmounted with a Royal crown.
Coat of arms: Per pale 1. Argent a bend sable all over in orle a chain or with eight escarbocles (Zúñiga), 2. Or two wolves sable eating two lambs per pale, a bordure gules eight saltires or (Avellaneda), grafted in base or a pine vert terraced of the same The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

Ivan Sache, 14 February 2011