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Kazbegi (Municipality, Georgia)


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Flag and arms of Kazbegi - Images by The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 25 January 2011

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Presentation of Kazbegi

The municipality of Kazbegi (5,261 inhabitants in 2002; 1,062 sq. km) is located in north-western Georgia, on the border with Russia, crossed here by a mountain tunnel. The seat of the municipality is the town of Stepansminda (1,820 inhabitants), known until 2003 as Kazbegi. Stepansminda is dominated by Mt. Kazbegi (5,033 m), a dormant volcano locally known as Mqinvartsveri (Ice Mountain).

Ivan Sache, 31 May 2012

Flag of Kazbegi

The flag and arms of Kazbegi are prescribed by Decree No. 23, adopted on 31 August 2010 by the Municipal Council.

The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 25 January 2011

The flag is vertically divided white-red, a red cross in the white stripe and two white triangles placed horizontally in the red stripe. The distance between the upper and lower edges of the flag and the respective white triangles is 1/6 of the flag's hoist.
The flag is a simplification of the first quarter of the municipal coat of arms, which is "Quarterly by a cross gules fimbriated argent, 1. Gules a banner argent charged with a cross gules and equipped with three bells or, 2. Azure a two-peaked mountain argent, 3. Azure an armour argent, 4. Gules Queen Tamar's seal 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."

The colors of the arms are based on historical documents from the 18th-19th centuries, especially the two atlases published in 1745-1746 by Prince Vakhushti (Vakhushti Batonishvili, 1696-1757). The banner shown in the first quarter, also historically documented, represents the power of the local ruler. Queen Tamar's seal recalls that Kazbegi was part of the Royal domain. The armour argent represents the purity and integrity of the inhabitants.
[State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia]

Ivan Sache, 31 May 2012