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Yesterday, one new regional flag, that of the Plzeň Region, has been
Jan Zrzavy, 26 Feb 2002
site there are the official images of COA and flag of the Plzeň Region
(Czech Republic). Note that the chapel roof should be cross-hatched and
the window should be black.
Jan Zrzavy, 2 Apr 2002 and 31 Jul 2002
Two proposals of the symbols of the Plzeň Region (Czech Republic) that
won the second competition are very similar to each other: both are quartered,
upper hoist is red with Bohemian lion, upper fly is green with a yellow
camel (from COA of Plzeň city), the lower fly is red with a Romanesque
church of Stary Plzeňec. The lower hoist field is green with either four
white stripes, or with two stripes, yellow and white. The final proposal
should be approved by next meeting of the regional assembly.
Jan Zrzavy, 4 Dec 2001
I know that camels are roaming about in Arizona and the Aussie outback,
but wouldn't expect them in Czechia... In Jiri Louda's "European Civic
Coats of Arms", 1966, the following expanation is given:
"... the camel was captured by the people of Pilsen from the Hussite forces during the Hussite siege of the town..."
On this webpage is written:
"In 1434, in memory of their deeds under the last siege by the Hussites, they received a golden camel in a green field from Zikmund of Luxembourg."
Is there more info on this rather odd symbol?
Jarig Bakker, 4 Dec 2001
... and Hussites have the camel as a gift from Polish king that they
received during their crusade to the Baltic Sea. A little bit crazy, isn't
Jan Zrzavy, 4 Dec 2001
I have heard the story too. It is said that Hussites received that strange
animal from king of Poland - maybe he got it from Turks or from Tartars.
The medieval Polish state was really large reached almost to Black Sea
Coast. Also Moldavia was Polish Suzerain for certain period of time.
But back to Plzeň. I don't know why should the camel look to the sinister side. In the Coat of Arms is it turned left only to be looking to the middle of the Arms, I suppose. And the essential part of the arms is greyhound, not camel. And as for constant need for depiction of Starý Plzeňec Chapel in Plzeňský kraj Flag - Pilseners regard it is the oldest preserved Stone Building in Bohemia.
Ales Krizan, 5 Dec 2001
Plzeň Region: the new COA (+ BOA) has been approved by all regional
bodies and by the parliamentary subcommittee as well (and includes Bohemian
lion, a camel, silver and golden horizontal stripes, and Romanesque chapel).
Jan Zrzavy, 31 Jan 2002
The proposals of the COAs and flags of the Plzeň Region (Czech Republic)
are presented at this
(Note that only banner-of-arms have chance to be approved by the Parliament.)
Jan Zrzavy, 27 May 2001
The symbols of the Plzeň Region of the Czech Republich have been approved
by the regional assembly (29th May). The four green stripes represent four
rivers (the Mze, Radbuza, Uhlava, and Uslava Rivers) that fuse in Plzeň
(forming the Berounka
River). The yellow stripe in the green field stands for the gold-bearing Otava River within the green mountain forests. And the church symbolizes the very old Romanesque chapel in Stary Plzenec (near Plzeň).
Jan Zrzavy, 22 Jun 2001
Using the image of the BOA at this
site I have made a gif of the banner of arms. That design was only
second in the internet-vote. The Coat of Arms with the greyhound etc. was first
with 93 votes, this one had 87 votes. The web isn't as powerful as generally
Jarig Bakker, 22 Jun 2001
Although it'd degrade the design on a nice flag, part of me secretly
hoped that a particular product of Plzeň would've been noted on the flag.
In these parts, the product has "Pilsner Urquell" on its label.
Lewis A. Nowitz, 23 Jun 2001
The proposals for symbols of the Plzeň Region were *not* approved by
the parliamentary heraldic and vexillological subcommittee.
Jan Zrzavy, 25 Sep 2001
Plzeň Region: the symbols were rejected by the parliamentary subcommittee
and new competition is prepared.
Jan Zrzavy, 2 Nov 2001