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Orsha (Vitebsk, Belarus)

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image by Pascal Vagnat, 27 February 2003

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The Flag

The city of Orsha in Belarus has its own flag. It is white with two blue stripes and the coat of arms in the middle. The ratio of the flag is 1:1,618 (golden section). The blue stripes represent the two rivers of Orsha: Dniper and Orshitsu.  Blue symbolises water and comes also from the coat of arms. White reminds us that Orsha belongs to Byelorussia. (byelo = white). The colours of the coat of arms symbolise: - Blue : glory, fidelity, greatness, honour, beauty;
- Silver (white) : cleanliness and wisdom; - Gold (yellow) : validity, riches, magnanimity. The Cross symbolizes: courage and heroism. The half moon is since a long time a known symbol of the Virgin which is widely applied in christian tradition. The flag was adopted in spring 2002.
Source of image and russian original text <> as well as <> for the date of adoption.
Pascal Vagnat, 27 Febuary 2003

Coat of Arms

image from <>, located by Pascal Vagnat, 27 February 2003