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My visit on www.kosice-region.sk today was succesful. All three symbols (Arms, Flag and seal) of region are already shown there "in full splendour". According to "Vseobecne závazné nariadenie On Symbols of Košický Samospravny Kraj Use Proposal ("Generally Mandatory Regulation" - it is name for Regional and Municipal Representations Acts in "official" Slovak) the flag shall be quartered of yellow, red, blue and yellow, while vertical dividing line is in 1/3 of the fields length. No Arms, no swallowtails. The field is 120 high and 160 cm long. Above mentioned Regional Act (Vseobecne zavazne nariadenie) Nr.1/2002 will be on program next week (9th of May 2002). I only wonder, if these symbols are allready official - we know, that supreme heraldic authority in Slovakia is Ministry of Intern, not Selfgovernments.
Symbols of Košice Self-Governed Region (Symboly Košického samosprávneho
Symbols of Košice Self-Governed Region are Arms, Flag, Seal.
Heraldic description of Arms:
First - Per fess in chief Gules two bars Argent, in base Azure a bird (! sic) Argent armed Or statant "taking off" (rather rising)
Second -Gules a Lion (rampant) queued forchée armed (and langued) Argent.
Third - Per fess in chief Or a Bunch of Grapes Gules posed in pale (and "pointed upwards") with two Leaves Vert, rising from the dividing line, in base barry of four Argent and Gules.
Fourth - Azure from the lower edge rising a Castle Argent, surmounted by a Tower of the same and with an open Gate Azure.
The Region is situated on territories of historical Counties or Provinces (komitáty, stolice, župy): Abov, Turna, Spiš, Zemplín, Už,
In upper part of divided first field there is Coat of Arms of Abov, in base of it Arms of Turna. After union of these two counties a common Arms of Abovsko-turnianská župa (Abaúj - Torna Vármegye) were created. In the second field there is heraldic figure from first quarter of Spiš (Szépes, Zips in German) Arms. In chief of divided third filed there is a figure used in shield and as crest of Zemplín (Zemplén) Arms. The lower part of this field there is lower part of Užská župa Arms (Ung Vármegye - today district Uzhorod, Transcarpathian Oblast, Ukraine). On the fourth field there is figure from Gemer Arms (Gömör Vármegye).
All these Arms were granted by Sovereign in second half of 16. Cent. because of Ferdinand I (Royal) Decree of 1550.
Source: this webpage.
Aleš Křížan, 2 May 2002