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Ancona (Marche, Italy)

Cittá di Ancona

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by André Serranho, 27 December 2000



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The Flag

Ancona - Just like the S. Maurice flag previously spotted at the "Lazaretto", but with "Greek" cross. Nowadays flown both at Town Hall and from "Lazaretto". The explanation should derive from its history, (cf. with Medieval Flag or Ensign): It was founded by the Dorians (it's inhabitants are still called either Dorian or Anconetan), and named after the Greek word "ankon" (elbow), due to the shape of it's bay. Doesn't surprise so that it has a Greek cross other than a Latin one.
André Serranho, 27 December 2000

Znamierowski [zna00] shows (p. 233) the flag of Ancona without specifying its status. Ancona flag is a red field with a yellow cross. It is shown also as a 'medieval flag or ensign' below but the modern flag having a yellow 'Swiss' cross on a red field. Ancona is the capital of the region Marche and province of Ancona. The city has ca. 110,000 inhabitants, and is famous for the triumphal arch built by Trajanus (Roman emperor from 98 to 117) and its Romanesque-Byzantine cathedral (XI-XIIIth centuries).
Ivan Sache, 18 March 2001


Coat of Arms


by André Serranho


Historical Flags

Medieval Flag or Ensign


by Jaume Olle' , 9 October 1998

City under Pope Sovereignity


by Jaume Olle' , 9 October 1998

XVIII/XIX Centuries - Maritime Ensign


by Jaume Olle' , 9 October 1998

The image shows a red over white ensign. It is a common mistake to be found on many old flag charts and book (Norie-Hobbs, J. Gradon (Insigna Navalia, 1686)). The correct flag used by Ancona under the Church State was red over yellow, traditionals colours (Deppermann, Siegel,...).
Source: Vexilla Italica 1,3 (1974).
Mario Fabretto, 11 October 1998

This flag appears at J.W Norie - J.S. Hobbs Flaggen aller seefahrenden Nationen, 1971 [ nor71] (original print 1848) as: "162 Ancona".
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 November 2001

Steenbergen book [stb62] show as No. 174 plain white flag. Perhaps should be red over yellow.
Jaume Ollé, 4 February 2003

The Republic of Ancona


by Jaume Olle' , 9 October 1998

A horizontal tricolour light blue - yellow - red with the words REPUBBLICA ANCONITANA in the yellow strip. Used till 7 March 1798 when Ancona joined the Roman Republic.
Alessandro Martinelli , 29 January 1996

The Republic of Ancona was proclaimed (with french help) on 19 November 1797. The flag was abolished when the republic was merged into the Roman Republic on 7 March 1798.
Jaume Olle' , 9 October 1998

Roberto Breschi, in his presantation: "Flags in Italy under Napoleon's pressure" at ICV 20 in Stockholm, gave 17 November 1797 as the date of adoption.
Dov Gutterman, 4 August 2003

Flag According to Steenbergen Book (1862)


by Jaume Ollé, 15 November 2003

Addition No. 225a - Ancona.
Source: [stb62]
Jaume Ollé, 15 November 2003