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Liberec (German: Reichenberg) is in Liberec district, north Czech Republic,
with c. 100.000 inhabitants. Liberec was granted arms in 1657 by emperor
Rudolph II: Argent two towers gules with gates, united by the embattled
wall of the second. The escutcheon with wheel is that of the von Redern
family (which makes it canting: German "Räder" = wheels)
Two different flags with coat of arms are reported:
Red over white (equal stripes - 19th century)
Light blue (c. 1960)
Aleš Křížan, 19 Dec 2000
Some days ago were posted to the list two flag of the czech city of
Liberec. My information is a bit different:
1) after 1848 was used only the German Imperial flag
2) 1906 was adopted flag blue over white
3) Blue flag with arms was adopted c. 1920.
4) 1948 was adopted the flag red over white with arms.
Jaume Ollé, 11 Apr 2001
Perhaps the *Austrian* Imperial flag? (Considering that almost all of
current Czech Republic was Austrian until 1918, except for a small Polish
Santiago Dotor, 16 Apr 2001
The present flag of Liberec has been accepted in 1978, and it is indeed
red and white with coat of arms. The '1948' must be typing error (in fact,
after Communist coup-d'etat 1948, using the municipal flags abruptly declined).
Jan Zrzavy, 12 Apr 2001
Perhaps in 1948 was adopted the current flag but it was out of use until
1978. During communist era local flags were scarcely used, but in 1978
the communists are in power yet. I believe that 1948 is not a mistake instead
1978, but a real date because I have two times this date in my notes.
Jaume Ollé, 12 Apr 2001
My sources are giving the year 1848 as a year of the change of Liberec
Flag. The Book "Klíč k našim městům" , Page 136 says, that probably AFTER
YEAR 1848 the German City administration introduced new blue field with
centered coat of arms. Red and white flag was considered to be "too
Czech". The book was edited in 1979 and there are no other reports after
By the way: Liberec/Reichenberg was always a "German Fortress" in northern Bohemia and as such was a Capital city of the Reichsgau Sudetenland 1938 - 1945.
The German Administration of "Gauhauptstadt Reichenberg" wanted to replace the lion in the Arms with a golden Swastika, but Archive Aussig (Ústí nad Labem) disagreed.
Aleš Křížan, 17 Apr 2001
The present flag of Liberec has been proposed by Vaclav Zajicek in 1978
and sent to comments to the District Archive and then to the Ministry of
Interior of the Czech Socialist Republic. The Ministry asked that the COA's
height to be similar to 2/3 of the hoist width of the flag and that the
COA should have either black or preferrably golden fimbriation. The flag
with golden-fimbriated COA was accepted in 29 November 1978 by the city's
administration and first hoisted in July 1980.
Naturally, the red-over-white flag is derived from the city colors and has been used earlier as well. The castle should be red.
Source: Ales Brozek 1984: History of the Liberec flags. Vexilologie 55: 1135-1141.
Jan Zrzavy, 17 Apr 2001
The flag of Jicin was not discussed nor approved by the parliamentary
subcommittee - and cannot be as it violates the vexillographic rules ("does
not include complete coat of arms!").
However, it is probably in use although it was not granted by the chairman of the Parliament.
Jan Zrzavy, 10 May 2002
These district flags were in a paper "Prapory okresních Měst České
Republiky", by Petr Exner, published by Flag Data Centre, Hradec Králové,
I assume that this is an attempt to get flags for all okres-capitals and that some liberties have been taken.
Jarig Bakker, 10 May 2002
Ještěd (Jeschken in German) is a mountain near Liberec city in Czech
republic (height 1012 metres). There is a hotel with TV transmitter on
the top in parabolic shape, extending silhouette of hill - designed by
Karel Hubáček in 1973. It is a jewel of modern architecture and symbol
of the city (see flag of Liberecký kraj). Ještěd
has its own flag: red and white checkboard pattern with image of the building.
It is mentioned as a unique case, where a mountain (and building) has its
Jakub Grombíř, 31 Aug 2008
I send short info about the flag of Ještěd. The variants of the winning
proposal are published in the vexi.info/98. The flag was hoisted 11.7.2008
on the peak of Ještěd.
Josef Hubka - the well-known Prague vexillologist and member of the board of the Czech Vexillological Society - won the public competition for an appropriate flag of the mountain of Ještěd. The jury chose from 50 models presented by the competitors.
Petr Exner, 1 Sep 2008
Petr Exner's message contained a photo of the flag flying, and a .pdf
file with 12 proposals and the definitive design, which is different from
the one sent by Jakub Grombíř.
I would describe it as three horizontal stripes of red and white, proportioned 4:1:1; in center the Ještěd building countercharged.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Sep 2008