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image by Pascal Vagnat, 27 February 2003
The city of Orsha in Belarus has its own flag. It is white
with two blue stripes and the coat of arms in the middle. The
ratio of the flag is 1:1,618 (golden section). The blue stripes
represent the two rivers of Orsha: Dniper and Orshitsu. Blue
symbolises water and comes also from the coat of arms. White
reminds us that Orsha belongs to Byelorussia. (byelo = white).
The colours of the coat of arms symbolise: - Blue : glory,
fidelity, greatness, honour, beauty;
- Silver (white) : cleanliness and wisdom; - Gold (yellow) : validity, riches, magnanimity. The Cross symbolizes: courage and heroism. The half moon is since a long time a known symbol of the Virgin which is widely applied in christian tradition. The flag was adopted in spring 2002.
Source of image and russian original text <orsha.by:8101> as well as <www.vik-lomancov.narod.ru> for the date of adoption.
Pascal Vagnat, 27 Febuary 2003
image from <orsha.by:8101>, located by Pascal Vagnat, 27 February 2003