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Oni (Municipality, Georgia)


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Flag and arms of Oni - Images by The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 20 January 2011

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Presentation of Oni

The municipality of Oni (9,277 inhabitants in 2002, 3,000 in the town proper; 1,712 sq. km) is located in northern Georgia. The eastern part of the municipality is part of South Ossetia, no longer under Georgian administration since 2008.

Ivan Sache, 2 June 2012

Flag of Oni

The flag and arms of Oni are prescribed by Decree No. 34, adopted on 21 August 2008 by the Municipal Council.

The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 20 January 2011

The flag is horizontally divided blue-white (2:1) with a yellow "Georgian" cross patty in the blue stripe.
The flag is derived from the coat of arms, "Azure a ram's head or ensigned with a cross patty of the same in base a three-peaked mount argent. The shield surmounted by a three-towered mural crown argent fimbriated sable. Under the shield a scroll argent fimbriated sable charged with the name of the town in Georgian capital letters sable".

Azure and argent symbolize dignity, power and nobleness of the inhabitants. The base of the shield represents the Caucasus mountains. The ram's head was already shown on old coat of arms of the town; it is represented here after an artefact excavated in Brili. The cross represents the St. George church and the faith of the inhabitants.
[State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia]

The site of Brili located 11 km north of the village of Gebi, includes remains of a medieval settlement, of a fortress and of a church. Excavations conducted in 1939-1961 by G. Gobejishvili have yielded several artefacts. The aforementioned ram figurine was found in a grave dated 13th-8th centuries BC.

Ivan Sache, 2 June 2012