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Ortigosa del Monte (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

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Presentation of Ortigosa del Monte

The municipality of Ortigosa del Monte (524 inhabitants in 2010; 1,541 ha; unofficial webpage) is located in the center-east of the Province of Segovia, 15 km from Segovia.

Ortigosa del Monte was resettled in a place rich in nettles (ortigas, from Latin, urtica). The original settlement, named Ortigosiella, is believed to have been settled by colonists from the Sierra de Cameros (La Rioja); it belonged to the Community of the Town and Land of Segovia.
The "Bezoya" bottled mineral water comes from a spring located in Ortigosa del Monte, 1,800 m asl.

Ivan Sache, 13 March 2011

Symbols of Ortigosa del Monte

The flag and arms (image) of Ortigosa del Monte are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 10 October 2000 by the Municipal Council, signed on 26 October 2000 by the Mayor, and published on 27 December 2000 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 248, p. 16,330 (text).
The symbols, which were designed by the Instituto Borbone de Heráldica Municipal, are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular flag, with proportions 1:1, green. In the middle of the flag is placed the municipal coat of arms, in full colors.
Coat of arms: Quarterly, 1. A nettle [ortiga] vert, 2. and 3. Gules a two-staged aqueduct argent masoned sable on ten rocks argent [The Segovia Roman aqueduct], 4. Or a mount [monte] proper. The shield surmounted with a Royal Spanish crown.

Quarters 1. and 4. form a rebus of the village's name, while quarters 2. and 3., representing the Segovia Roman aqueduct, recall the the village belonged to the Community of the Town and Land of Segovia.

The Royal Academy of History pointed out that the submission did not include a graphic representation of the flag and arms; this is required to check that the written description is translated into a drawing complying with the good heraldic tradition.
The Academy, however, approved the description of the symbols. On the coat of arms, the mount should be described as vert instead of proper.
[Boletín de la Real Academia de la Historia, 2003, 200, 2: 171]

Ivan Sache, 28 February 2015