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image by Jaume Ollé, 2 November 1996
Above is the city flag: The Coat of Arms
depicts St Christopher and Jesus (as a baby). The city also
uses a triangular pennant, red with a small yellow horizontal
stripe in the middle. On the square in front of the old
Town Hall, an impressive number of flag poles all had this
pennant. On other occasions (as shown on local post cards)
these are used for various rectangular flags.
One restaurant showing the city flag had a dark-red background with a bright red shield but I'm inclined to believe this was an error in manufacturing.
Festive cream-coloured hanging banners celebrating Mindaugas's coronation, 750 years ago, were to be seen in a few places. They consisted basically of a dark, crowned capital letter "M" ; the largest I saw, a white one (in Knatterfahne fashion) flew in front of the (Catholic) Cathedral showing some additional text and accompanied by a city pennant.
In Vilnius and Kaunas, a "Nigerian" flag turned out to be that of Vilniaus Banka, the difference being the addition of the bank's name (and symbol?) in what seemed to be grey lettering... not easy to decipher.
Jan Mertens, 15 August 2003
image by Virginijus Misiunas, 27 February 2010
Vilnius city representational - on a purpure (dark red) field
with a narrow yellow fess the great arms of Vilnius city: St.
Christopher with the infant Jesus, arms has supporters, wreath
and motto. Free edges bordered with a narrow green stripe, fringe
is golden, finial is a golden charge of arms on a knob and golden
bands. There is a serious ambiguity about the proportions of this
flag: the description says 1:2, but the picture shows 2:3.
Virginijus Misiunas, 27 February 2010
image from <www.vilnius.lt>, located by Jan Mertens, 23 August 2003
"The Vilnius coat of arms is St. Christopher (Kristupas)
wading in the water and carrying the Infant Jesus on his
shoulders. The coat of arms was given to the city in the seventh
year of its existence, i.e. in 1330.
In pagan times, i.e. until the end of the 14th century, the Vilnius coat of arms featured Titan Alkis, hero of Lithuanian ancient tales, carrying his wife Janteryte; on his shoulders across the river".
Jan Mertens, 23 August 2003