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City of Ħaż Żebbuġ (Malta Island) (Malta)

Città Rohan, Żebbuġ (Malta)

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[City of Żebbuġ (Malta Island, Malta)] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 June 2007
image based on heraldic description of arms

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Ħaż Żebbuġ changed its flag and the new flag is in HAVSOM 2 [possibly [itb], issue no. 2?].
Jaume Ollé
, 5 March 2000

The heraldic device standing for Rohan (blazoned Gules nine mascles Or) on the bottom fly of the Société d'Emulation des Côtes-du-Nord flag is the same as the arms of the current Maltese city of Ħaż Żebbuġ in Malta island (there is another Iż Żebbuġ in Gozo). This city's nickname, given after a Grand Master of the Order, is Città Rohan. Perhaps Rohan was originally a nobility estate in Brittany and its lord become Master of the Malta Order, taking there his coat-of-arms, which later was given to his namesake city.
António Martins
, 24 October 2002

The lozenge is a mascle, which is the Rohan family characteristic charge.
Ivan Sache
, 27 October 2002

Citta Rohan: Ħaż Żebbuġ: This medieval village was raised to cityhood by Grandmaster Prince Emanuel de Rohan, who is also known for the Civil Code Code de Rohan.
Christopher Vella, 15 May 2004

Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Heraldry website shows both coats-of-arms and says "The arms show a canting olive branch (zebbug=olive) above the arms of Grand Master de Rohan". So it seems that, at some point, the Ħaż Żebbuġ arms was modified with the addition of that chief and the flag was modified accordingly.
Santiago Dotor
, 10 March 2006

Possible alternate interpretation of flag

[City of Żebbuġ (Malta Island, Malta)] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 2 June 2007

Pascal Gross' Atlas Géographique Mondial website, with good images of Maltese local flags reported by Thomas Borg (a Maltese from Mellieha), shows the flag but with a blue top stripe, bordered white, charged with a white dove carrying an olive branch (and with more squarish mascles, image here). Presumably this is the current Ħaż Żebbuġ flag.
Santiago Dotor
, 10 March 2006

Former Flag

[Former Flag, City of Żebbuġ (Malta Island, Malta)] 3:5 image by Dirk Schönberger, 28 October 2002

Blazon: Gules nine mascles Or.
António Martins
, 24 October 2002