Coat of arms of Estonia
Baltic for many people in the Soviet UnionIt seemed to be a piece of the paradise of Western life. Country, nestled on the shores of the Baltic Sea, has always been oriented to the West and dreaming to get back to independent living. The modern coat of arms of Estonia, as well as official symbols of its neighbors, Latvia and Lithuania, - clear evidence of the choice of an independent path of development.
Large and small coat of arms
Estonia in heraldic terms a few stand out from the majority of the countries, as has a large and a small state symbols used in certain cases.
The large coat of arms of the country is beautiful and pompous. The shield of gold color three stylized images of leopards in the best European traditions. Carnivorous animals are painted in azure color, showing the procession to the west. It surrounds all the splendor of a unique gold wreath of oak branches. Small Estonia coat of arms is identical to big, but lacks a frame of oak branches.
The origins of the appearance of the emblem
The motives of the modern chief symbol of EstoniaRepublic to be found in antiquity. In XIII century Valdemar II, King of Denmark, granted a coat of arms with lions beautiful Tallinn. On the coat of arms of the lions were moved to the official symbol of the Estonian province. It is this image of adopted Russian Empress Catherine II in October 1788.
Formed in the early twentieth century EstonianRepublic also retained as the main symbol of the country a beautiful picture with deep meaning. Legally it was confirmed Estonian State Assembly.
Life in the Soviet Union
Unfortunately, 1940 brought a change, the country does notIt becomes part of the Soviet Union against their will. Naturally, that the supreme power would not allow in the country was such a character, reminiscent of distant history, and friendly relations with bourgeois states.
The coat of arms with the image of a beautiful proud predators was banned. Instead, there was a symbol of the Estonian SSR, which is like two drops of water were similar to the arms of the neighboring countries, with a few exceptions.
The central position occupied and sicklehammer on a background of the rising sun. The composition was framed original wreath of wheat ears and paws spruce. In addition, the bottom of the wreath tie up red ribbon on which is written the name of the republic and the famous phrase of the proletarians. Naturally, the inscription was in Estonian.
At first glance, it was clear that the symbol is notrests on a deeper meaning, the characters are taken randomly and do not meet the true wishes and aspirations of Estonians, as confirmed time. As soon as the Soviet Union began to crumble, Estonia once again came out on an independent path, the three royal leopard again took place on the country's coat of arms.