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Flag of Dörtdivan - Image by Jens Pattke, 1 September 2013
The municipality of Dörtdivan (6,680 inhabitants in 2012, 2,932 in the town proper; 38,416 ha) is located 40 km east of Bolu.
Ivan Sache, 28 February 2016
The flag of Dörtdivan (photo) is white with the municipality's emblem in the middle. "Belediyesi" means "Municipality".
The municipal emblem features the town's landmark, Köroğlu's equestrian statue.
Köroğlu is the eponymic hero of an heroic legend prominent in the oral traditions of the Turkic peoples. In the Turkish version, the hero, Köroğlu (lit. "the son of the blind man"), born in Dörtdivan, struggles for justice and honour against the unfair bey of Bolu. Helped by the mare Kirat, Köroğlu is a bandit-ministrel, who plays saz (a long-necked lute) and challenges his opponent with poems and songs. After the introduction of guns by merchants has transformed the struggle into endless warfare, Köroğlu eventually admits that the old, chivalric world has gone forever, gives up the fight, and disappears.
An English rendition of the Epic of Koroghlu can be read in The Art of the Turkish Tale (Vol. 1, 1990), by Barbara K. Walker).
The skier featured in the lower part of the emblem represents the ski resort of Kartalkaya, preentd as follows [Learning Ski website]:
Kartalkaya is one of the most important ski resorts of Turkey. The resort is set up on Köroğlu mountains, which are located south-east of Bolu. Usually ski season starts in December and end up in April. The region is much more convenient for alpine skiing. The average of snow depth is 2.50 m in winter season. Overall length of the slopes is c. 20 km.
Tomislav Šipek & Ivan Sache, 28 February 2016