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Pardubice city, Czech Republic

Pardubice okres, Pardubický kraj

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Pardubice city flag

[Pardubice city flag] by Jarig Bakker, 10 Jan 2003, after image by Petr Exner.

Flag of the city:
The Flag of the City of Pardubice, adopted 9 May 1995, is compound of red field with fore part part of horse with golden (yellow) curb in central part of the ground. The ratio is 2:3. It is a banner of arms.

Colors of the City
(1)The colors of the City of Pardubice are red of the same shade like in the flag and white - in this order.
(2) The use of the colors is by this Communal Law not limited.

Note: That  Comunal Law was proclaimed in the year 1996, when the "old" Act. Nr. 367/1990 Sb. - The Communal Order was valid. The new Communal Order (Act Nr. 128/2000 Sb.) allows everybody (observing certain rules) to use the communal flag, which was not allowed before.
Aleš Křižan, 4 Dec 2000

The Dutch name for horse is "paard", coincidence?
Jarig Bakker, 4 May 2001

Louda's "European Civic Coats of Arms", 1966, has the following:
"From the 14th century the town Pardubice used the arms of its lords, bearing half a horse; they allude to the heroic deed of Jesek, the founder of the house, whose horse was cut in half by a dropping portcullis in the invasion of Milan in 1158."
Jarig Bakker, 22 Jul 2001

Hlinsko and Pardubice: only details of the main figure (half - horse) and colour of the bridle (Hlinsko has blue one!) differs these two Arms from each other. According to legend on conquest of Milano City by Frederick Barbarossa, there was also Ancestor of Lords of Stará and Pardubice. among Bohemian troops of Duke Vladislav II (later King Vladislav I ), which helped the Emperor. He (it is said) made one of raids into Milano streets and drawing back, the Milano defenders were trying to stop him with bars in city gate. The bar has cut his horse into halves, but the knight was not injured and he brought upper part of his dead horse in the camp. And this accident was documented by knights new Coat of Arms. So much the legend. The other legend also says that Duke Vladislav got at Milan gates not only Royal crown, but also second tail for Bohemian Lion. Who knows...?
Aleš Křížan, 21 May 2002


Pardubice coat of arms

[Pardubice Coat of Arms] image sent by Ralf Hartemink, 10 Jan 2003

Coat of arms: "Generally Binding Public Notice" (Obecne Zavazna Vyhlaska, i.e. Communal law) Nr. 33/96
(1) Heraldic arms of the City is made of red shield with silver (white)  fore part of horse with golden (yellow) curb.
(2) The arms can be complete with text "Pardubice".
That is: gules a demi-horse argent bridled or. Sometimes with golden hoofs (unguled or) but is not a rule.
Aleš Křižan, 4 Dec 2000