The flag of the central European nation of Slovakia features a traditional Slavic design with three horizontal bands of colors: white on top, blue in the center, and red at the bottom. Positioned near the left portion of the flag is the Slovakian coat of arms which consists of a red Gothic shield and a silver double cross set atop three mountain peaks. Serbia’s current flag was adopted on September 3, 1992.

The double cross on the Serbian flag is an obvious Christian symbol. The mountains on which the cross stands atop represent a trio of local mountain ranges: Tatra, Fatra (including the Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra ranges), and Mátra which can all be found in the neighboring country of Hungary. It’s thought that the double cross is an ancient symbol which can be traced all the way back to the Byzantine Empire.

The coat of arms which adorns the Slovakian flag was designed by heraldic experts Ladislav Vrtel and Ladislav Čisárik. As part of his work with the Heraldic Commission of Ministry of the Interior, Ladislav Čisárik was employed as an artist, designer, and painter. Čisárik is credited with having a hand in creating and/or revamping the official flags of over a hundred different Slovakian municipalities and towns.

The origins of the design of the Slovakian flag can be traced back to the country’s 1848 revolutionary war. In 1919 when what is now present day Slovakia was known as the Slovak Soviet Republic and under communist rule its national flag consisted of a completely red flag. In the years that followed the independent government of Slovakia choose to adopt the traditional white, blue, and red banded flag design.

This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018

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