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The Coat of arms and Flag of Ekaterinburg

The Coat of arms of Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg is one of the largest cities of the Russian Federation. It's situated on the border of Europe and Asia, right in the heart of the Ural Mountains. From the very beginning Ekaterinburg was supposed to become a capital of the mining industry and since its foundation the city had its own symbols.
The earliest symbol of the city was an image of a wheel depicted on a first stamp of the Ekaterinburg plant. Empress Catherine I gave a name to the foundation, while Empress Catherine II granted it a status of a city.

Official coat of arms of Ekaterinburg was approved by Empress Catherine II on July 17th, 1783. The same year Ekaterinburg was granted a status of a chief town within the Perm province. The Ekaterinburg coat of arms of that time looked as follows:

In 1924 Ekaterinburg was given a new name - Sverdlovsk, after one of the Bolshevik party leaders Yakov Sverdlov. In 1973 the Sverdlovsk coat of arms appears. It consisted of the silver background with image of the wall of the Ekaterinburg plant-fortress in the centre, there also was a gear on this wall and a blue stripe crossing the perimeter of the wall vertically and symbolizing the Iset River. At the top of the blue stripe one could find an image of gold atoms. A rising sable looking to the right is depicted on the left from the plant wall (it is a mark of the Demidovs' plants). There is a lizard looking to the left on the right from the plant wall (symbolizing the tales of P. Bazhov).

In September 1991 the city got back its historical name - Ekaterinburg. The modern coat of arms was officially accepted in the Heraldic Council under the President of the Russian Federation in 1995. The upper part of the shield looks like a fortress, which symbolizes the purpose of Ekaterinburg during the first years of its existence. Wavy azure stripe in the lower part of the shield symbolizes the Iset River, which connects the past and the present, and also Europe and Asia. The bear in the coat of arms represents a European symbol, the sable - an Asian one. Moreover, even in the Demidovs' times the sable was a trademark of the Ural metal. The animals are outside the shield with the bare teeth and the tongues stuck out. Such an aggressive look is quite understandable - they protect the city. Gold ribbon at the bottom of the coat of arms stand for the fact that Ekaterinburg is the capital of the Urals and one of the largest administrative, financial, industrial, scientific, cultural and transport-logistics centers of Russia.

23 May, 2008 - the new element of the city coat of arms was approved by the deputies of the city council. This element represents a trophy crown and is situated above the shield. The heraldic council under the President of the Russian Federation elaborated the trophy crowns for the coats of arms of all municipal formations throughout the country. By the decision of the mentioned council Ekaterinburg was granted the crown in the form of the "tower of five merlons", that reminds of the role of Ekaterinburg as a frontier outpost during first years of its existence.

The Flag of Ekaterinburg

In 2008 the Ekaterinburg State Duma approved and registered official flag of the city under number 4023 in the Heraldry of the Russian Federation. It is considered as a formal symbol of the city. It stands for the city administrative status and position, the unity of its territory and population, historic continuity and local government interests. It is the first and the only official flag of Ekaterinburg within the whole history of the city. The flag designed as a rectangular cloth, the width- to- length ratio of which is 2:3, with three horizontal stripes, the width of which is 1/4, 1/2, and 1/4.

The symbols of the flag reproduce those of the coat of arms of Ekaterinburg: Emerald green - historical color of the Urals. The mine and the furnace symbolize an industrialized city of high scientific, technical and cultural potential. They are situated right in the middle of the flag within the green stripe. The yellow stripe symbolizes the beauty and grandeur of the Ural Mountains connecting Europe and Asia. The blue stripe at the bottom symbolizes the Iset River connecting Europe and Asia, the past and the present.

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