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Plzeň city, Czech Republic

Plzeň-město okres, Plzeň region

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Plzeň flag

[Plzeň flag] by Blas Delgado Ortiz, 16 May 2001.

Plzeň (Pilsen) - flag is divided by cross in four quarters: left up is white, right up yellow, left down green and right down red. The flag is used at least from 1995.
Jiri Martinek, 26 Jan 2000.

The colors of the City of Plzeň are derived from the coat of arms, i.e. white, yelow, green and red. The Flag of the city of Plzeň has a quartered field, in the flagpole part the canton white and the base green, in the fly upper part yellow, lower part red (- that is: quarterly of argent, or, vert and gules plain. There is absolutly no charge on it.)
Aleš Křižan, 4 Dec 2000

Plzeň is worldwide known as Pilsen, giving its name to a famous variety of beer.
Santiago Dotor, 5 Dec 2000

The municipal coat of arms of Pilsen is shown two times on the bottles of "Pilsner Urquell", the original and unsurpassed
Pilsner beer. The coat of arms is shown on the golden label surrounding the neck of the bottle and on the main label of the bottle. I find it funny to see a camel on a bottle of beer, knowing how few these animals drink :-)
Original Source (Urquell): A "Pilsner Urquell" on my desk, unfortunately nearly empty.
Ivan Sache, 12 Jul 2002

Plzeň was part of the Protectorate and that would have been impossible with a German majority. Neither Jihlava (Iglau) nor Olomouc (Olmütz) or Brno (Brünn) with really strong German populations were joined to the Reich. All these cities were part of the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Aleš Křížan, 5 Dec 2001


Plzeň Coat of Arms

[Plzeň coat of arms] image from this site, found by Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2000.

The city coat-of-arms is unusually complex and its symbols express the historical development of the city from its foundation up
to 1578. The city's original coat-of-arms was a silver greyhound in a red field, introduced by the burgesses at the time of the Hussite wars in order to emphasize their loyalty. In 1434, in memory of their deeds under the last siege by the Hussites, they received a golden camel in a green field from Zikmund of Luxembourg. In 1466 Pope Paul II enlarged the shield by two golden keys in a silver field and an armour-bearer holding half a spread-eagle in a golden field. At that time the people of Plzeň themselves put a picture on the shield of the oldest Plzeň seal, i. e. the silver city gate in a red field, in which stands King Wenceslas II, a sword drawn in his right hand, and in his left a shield with the Czech lion. On the city wall there stands a bare-headed maiden holding two flags: the one in her right hand showing the Czech lion and in the left the Moravian eagle. The Plzeň coat-of-arms received its final addition in 1578 from Pope Gregory XIII - a shield-bearer which was an angel and three mounds with sprigs of olive and the inscription: "In hoc signo vinces" (In this sign shalt thou conquer). In each corner there were two helmets and behind the shield a crossed halberd and commander's baton. On the document of Pope Gregory XIII, now kept in the city archives, the Plzeň coat-of-arms is for the first time illustrated in color.
From the Plzeň homepage,
Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2000.


Plzeň Big Coat of Arms

[Plzeň Big coat of arms] image from this site, found by Jarig Bakker, 5 Dec 2000.