Coat of arms of Venice
Many Italian cities are ready to makecompete with Rome, the city where all roads lead. But many tourists in the first dream to get to the beautiful Venice, where the attractions are found at every turn. Chief heraldic symbol, emblem of Venice, and is ready to tell a lot of legends about the historical past of this wonderful city on the water.
The Lion of St. Mark
Compositionally, the emblem of Venice consists of two important elements - a shield is very beautiful, quite a rare form, painted in blue, and the precious headpiece.
The central image of the shield - a formidable predator lionwhich is depicted facing the viewer. The second feature of the figure - the animal is holding a book in his hands, with the text in Latin. Lion - the symbol of St. Mark. In total in the history of the Christian religion they were known to the four Evangelists, each of which had its own symbol - the lion, bull, eagle and man (or angel).
Evangelist Mark is directly linked with Venice. When Alexandria was occupied by the Muslims, Venetian merchants, hearing the requests of the Doge Justiniano Partechipatsio secretly taken out relics of the righteous. And although the first patron saint of Venice was considered Fedor eventually pressed him much, and St. Mark became a patron of the city at the same time.
Due to the fact that there were relics of the saint,the city became a center of pilgrimage for the inhabitants of medieval Europe. After that, the power of the Venetian Republic shall decide on the introduction of the lion of St. Mark in the image of the emblem.
Peace to you!
Lion heraldic sign of Venice - not justpredatory animal, a symbol of the evangelist. In paws he holds a book with the phrase in Latin - PAX TIBI MARCE EVANGELISTA MEUS. This text can be translated as the greeting of St. Mark, the joy of the Venetians on the salvation of the Christian shrines from the hands of Muslim invaders.
It is important that the image of a lion holding in its pawsthe book is considered a symbol of the Venetian fleet (and commercial, and military), placed not only on the arms, but also on the flag of the city. One of the most interesting facts historians have noted - in times of war book in the hands of a predator replaced the sword as if to remind that the people are ready to defend the beloved city limits and under the auspices of the terrible lion.
For tourists visiting Venice today, oneof entertainment is the search for images of the main characters, hidden in the nooks of the city. And a lion with one paw still holding a book and the other raised, as if welcoming a guest who found a sign.