Coat of arms of Prague
Little Czech Republic is a worthy competitor in terms of tourism for many large European countries. Most of the guests begin their acquaintance with the country from its capital, one of the oldest cities in this part of the world. And even the coat of arms of Prague reminds of its main attractions and rich history..
Big and small
The Prague coat of arms is the official symbol of the city, is used by the city authorities in various documents, and its image also appears on photos, postcards, mugs and other souvenirs.
There are two versions of the main official symbol of the Czech capital - small and large coats of arms. The Small Sign is a scarlet-colored shield with the following elements: a fragment of the fortress wall; three golden towers adorning the wall; hand holding sword.
The fortress wall on the small coat of arms was built of cut stone and decorated with silver teeth. Its gates are wide open, the lattice covering them is raised, this symbolizes the openness of the city, the readiness to receive guests.
On the other hand, the hand of a knight dressed in armor is visible from the gate. In his hand is a sword raised high, the meaning of this symbol is quite simple, the readiness of the townspeople to defend their beloved capital, the golden Prague. The symbol of the city in this form appeared in 1694, it is associated with specific historical events, in particular, the defense of the city from guests from northern Europe, namely the Swedish occupiers.
Splendor and splendor
These characteristics refer to the large coat of arms of the Czech capital. If the small sign looks laconic enough, then the elements decorating it make the image fantastically chic. First, two supporters appear, in their role are silver lions. Predatory animals, famous heraldic symbols, on the coat of arms of Prague they are in golden crowns, with protruding tongues of the same color.
Another technique, pronounced bifurcations at the ends of the tails, is quite often used when creating images of animals on official signs. The supporters are accompanied by the same lion crowning the composition.
Secondly, the city's coat of arms has its own basis, for it branches of a linden tree, a tree rarely used in heraldry, have been chosen. Here, against the background of the branches, there is a scarlet ribbon with the motto, which says that the head of the republic is Prague..
The shield is crowned with three knight's helmets, made in two colors, red and silver, complemented by golden crowns. Spears and multicolored flags complete this pompous composition..