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Zagare (Siauliai, Lithuania)

Žagarė

Last modified: 2010-04-09 by dov gutterman
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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 6 February 2010



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Flag and coat of arms of Žagare (Siauliai county - Siauliu apskritis, Joniskis district - Joniskio rajonas) according to my personal observation from the flag show of Mindaugas coronation 750th anniversary. The coat of arms is drawn according to image from official site of Joniskis district municipality (<www.siauliai.aps.lt>).
Audrius Slapsinskas, 10 July 2003

Žagare city is in Joniskis district in Siauliai county, Lithuania. It has a population of 2,169, and is center of Zagare Eldership, which has additional 2,000 inhabitants.
From wikipedia: "The foundation of Žagarė dates back to the 12th century. It was an important center of Žiemgaliai warriors, who fought against the Teutonic Order. Today Žagarė is the administrative center of the Žagarė Regional Park, known for its valuable urban and natural heritage."
Valentin Poposki, 8 March and 17 June 2007

Zagare - On a white field with a red pale (white-red-white 1-2-1) two silver keys joined cross-like. Flag proportions 10:13, fringe is silver, finial is a silver knob with a ring.
The charge has several meanings:
(1) canting the old name of Rakte (Raktuve) castle, from which the town originates - "raktas" means "key" in Lithuanian,
(2) symbolizing two towns Senoji Zagare and Naujoji Zagare, later merged to one,
(3) meaning the border town,
(4) attributing the local church of St. Peter and St. Paul,
(5) reminder of the ancient Semigallians tribe joined two nations (Lithuanians and Latvians).
The red colour symbolizes courage and blood spilt for the country, and the white colour symbolizes innocence, honour and honesty.
Virginijus Misiunas, 6 February 2010


Previously Reported Flag


image by Audrius Slapsinskas, 10 July 2003


Coat of Arms


image by Audrius Slapsinskas, 10 July 2003