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Podhorany (Slovakia)

Kežmarok okres, Prešov region

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Podhorany municipality flag

[Podhorany flag] by Nathan E Lamm, 3 Jun 2002

This website names this village as Podhorany (Maldur), in Kezmarok district, Slovakia, close to the Polish border. The flag and coat of arms on that page are based on the patron saint, St Martin of Tours (316-397).
Nathan E Lamm, 3 Jun 2002

I was wondering how one of the most famous French saints landed on a Slovakian coat of arms. Petit Larousse revealed my ignorance: St. Martin was born in Sabaria, Pannonia.
There are several places called Saint-Martin in France, and Martin is the most common family name in France.
Saint Martin of Tours is famous for his cloak, which he divided with a beggar. The cloak was called a "cape" and was considered by the Franks as a holy relic, kept in a "chapel". The cloak is considered by Whitney Smith as the first French standard, since it was kept in a portable oratory and carried into battle by the Frank Kings.
Ivan Sache, 3 Jun 2002

In my historical atlas (Westermann) it is Savaria, which according to the Oxford Classical Dictionary was the capital of Pannonia Prima. Savaria is now Szombathely in Hungary, also known by its German name Steinamanger.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jun 2002


Podhorany coat of arms

[Podhorany Coat of Arms] image from this website, reported by Nathan E Lamm, 3 Jun 2002