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Cheboksary city (Chuvashia, Russia)

Ĉebokasary / Ŝupaŝkar

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Чебоксары / Шупашкар

Flag of Cheboksary city
image by António Martins, 31 Jan 2000
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Description of the flag

I just noticed something new in front of the Cheboksary City Hall: three flag poles, of a reasonable three-storey hight (i.e., much shorter than the huge nearby pole in front of the Republic Presidency) flying the russian tricolor, the chuvash republic flag, and… the Cheboksary city flag! Yes, the one I thought it didn’t exist! It must be very recent, this flag, since it was lacking in the august celebrations of the 530 anniversary of the city — an occasion when the russian and chuvash flags and colors are shown ad libitum. I’m afraid the design is neither to immaginative nor good looking: just the city greater arms on a white background. Since the greater arms are the usual shield surrounded by a yellow hop wreath and with the three suns crown and a scroll in red fimbriated yellow, you may imagine that it doesnt look to great.
António Martins, 18 Oct 1999

No flag until 1998

I’ve been to Ĉeboksary / Ŝupaŝkar in february ’96 and in february-march ’97. No city flags were visible nor common citizens remmembered of such a flag being ever hoisted. However, the city’s coat of arms is a very often motif in urban decoration and tourist memorabilia.
António Martins, 09 Sep 1997

During the city’s 528th jubilee in 1997.08.17, it was clearer than ever that Ĉeboksary / Ŝupaŝkar does not have a flag. There were a lot of russian and chuvash flags, and the city arms was depicted in posters, banners and street decorations — but no city flag.
António Martins, 09 Sep 1997

Coat of arms

The Coat of Arms of Ĉeboksary / Ŝupaŝkar, capital of Chuvashia, is azure charged with five flying sinister gueese argent saltire, chief goules separated by a 13 teeth serration fimbriated argent and charged with three traditional chuvash style hearts (emerging from the 3rd, 7th and 11th tooth) argent, the middle one filled with azure and charged with the inscription "1469" argent and the other two void.
António Martins, 14 May 1997

In often depictions it lacks the date, the blue filling of the central “heart”, or have aditional decorations on the white fimbriations. As far as I can tell, however, this is the “official” form. The blue field of this coat of arms tends to came in every shade, from lightest to darkest. I was advised to take as “official” the relief large coat of arms over the City Hall’s main door. This looks like a quite serious heraldry work (the silver was real silver(y), not white!) and the blue shade was, well…, blue.
António Martins, 09 Sep 1997

Incorrect report

Flag of Cheboksary city
image by António Martins, 18 Oct 1999

Yellow flag with the lesser Cheboksary coat of arms on it. I made this image before 1997, after my 1st or 2nd stay in Cheboksary. When the (real) flag of Cheboksary was created, in 1999, I reported it to the list and mentioned also my previous design (it wasn’t even a proposal, since I never got to submit it to the city administration). However, this design of mine is shown in Geraldika.RU as the flag of Cheboksary…
António Martins, 02 Oct 2005