Last modified: 2010-03-13 by ivan sache
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Flag of Mordelles - Image by Hervé Prat, 1 July 2009
The municipality of Mordelles (6,628 inhabitants in 2006; 2,984 ha) is located 20 km south-west of Rennes.
Mordelles was already a parish in the Merovingian times. A priory was built in Mordelles in 1158. The name of Mordelles might come from Mauricella, a cell or an ermitage belonging to a dark-skin, Moorish (Maure)-looking man.
In the past, the Dukes of Brittany, short before being enthroned in the St. Peter Cathedral, entered Rennes via the Mordelles Gates (Portes mordelaises).
Ivan Sache, 21 February 2004
The flag of Mordelles, designed by Hervé Prat in 2004, adopted by the Municipal Council in November 2006 and used since May 2007, is vertically divided white-red (1:2), the white stripe near the hoist being charged with black ermine spots and the red stripe being charged with a yellow crescent pointing upwards.
The municipal arms of Mordelles are De gueules au croissant d'or, "Gules a crescent or". Herve Prat explains that he added the ermine stripe to better highlight the Breton character of the town.
Ivan Sache, 1 July 2009