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Marneuli (Municipality, Georgia)


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Flag and arms of Marneuli - Images by The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 25 January 2011

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Presentation of Marneuli

The municipality of Marneuli (118,921 inhabitants in 2002, 20,100 in the town proper; 935 sq. km) is located in southern Georgia, on the border with Azerbaijan.

Ivan Sache, 1 June 2012

Flag of Marneuli

The flag and arms of Marneuli are prescribed by Decree No. 7/3, adopted on 15 April 2009 by the Municipal Council.

The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 25 January 2011

The flag of Marneuli is horizontally divided red-white-red-white (3:1:1:1) with three yellow lions in canton.
The flag is a "rectification" and simplification of the municipal arms, which are "Per fess bowy [?], 1. Gules three lions or per fess, 2. Argent a crenellated bridge gules ensigned with a cross patty gules of the same. The shield surmounted by a three-towered mural crown argent fimbriated sable. Under the shield a scroll argent fimbriated sable charged with the name of the town in Georgian capital letters sable."

The colors of the arms are based on historical documents from the 18th-19th centuries, especially the two atlases published in 1745-1746 by Prince Vakhushti (Vakhushti Batonishvili, 1696-1757). The lions represent Lomtagora, an old settlement mentioned in sources from the 12th century; the lions are also a symbol of courage, power and generosity. The "bowy" division of the arms stands for the mountains. The bridge is a symbolic representation of the "Red Bridge" (photo) built at the border with Azerbaijan.
[State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia]

Ivan Sache, 1 June 2012