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Yerevan (Municipality, Armenia)

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[Flag of Yerevan]

Municipal flag of Yerevan - Image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 11 December 2004

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Presentation of Yerevan

Yerevan (1,250,000 inhabitants), located at 1040 m a.s.l. near the border with Turkey, is the capital city of Armenia. It was already known in the VIIIth century BC as Erebuni, in the country of Urartu. The Armenians succeeded the Urartians around 600 BC. Yerevan remained a small, isolated fortress; when the Russians occupied the city in 1827, its population was 11,000, only half of them being Armenians. In 1913, the population reached only 30,000.
During the Soviet era, the population of Yerevan dramatically increased. Several agencies and organisms were located there; Yerevan became the political, administrative, cultural and industrial capital city of the Armenian SSR. The city increased along the banks of the river Razdan, the single emissary of Lake Sevan. The water of the river allowed irrigation of the dry lands of the suburbs of the city and electricity production, which triggered the economical development of the city.

Source: Encyclopaedia Universalis

Ivan Sache, 16 April 2005

Municipal flag of Yerevan

Quoting the ArmInfo news agency, 27 September 2004:

Today the Council of Yerevan Municipality approved the flag and hymn of the Armenian capital Yerevan. Talking to journalists, Deputy Mayor Arman Sahakyan [...] said that the flag of Yerevan shows a white field with an image of a lion holding a scepter. The lion is surrounded with 12 small red triangles symbolizing 11 former and the current capital of Armenia on a white field. The flag shows the three colours of the Armenian National flag on itself. The lion is on the orange background with blue edging. The painter and designer, member of the Union of Painters and the Union of Designers of Armenia, author of the models of the Armenian coins Karapet Abrahamyan and the painter and designer, Vice Chairman of the Union of Painters of Armenia Karapet Pashyan won the first place in the contest.
It should be noted that Yerevan's flag and hymn will be presented on October 13 at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in the course of a solemn session of Yerevan Municipality on the occasion of the 2,786th Anniversary of Yerevan.[...].

Victor Lomantsov, 14 April 2005

The lettering in the base of the shield says "Erevan", spelt in Armenian letters (ԵՐԵՎԱՆ", upper case; and Երեվան, lower case.)

António Martins, 12 December 2004

The lion of the shield is believed to be a personal symbol of the King of Ararat (Urartu), Argishti I. The image is based on the one from the restored frescoes from the Great Hall of the royal palace within the complex of the fort of Erebuni (Arin-berd). Ruins of Erebuni fort are preserved to this day and are part of the Erebuni museum in Yerevan. The monument to Argishti I was unveiled next to the entrance to this museum in 2002.

Chrystian Kretowicz, 12 December 2004

Former municipal flag of Yerevan

[Former flag of Yerevan]

Former municipal flag of Yerevan - Image by Luc Baronian, 24 April 2005

A friend (who prefers to remain anonymous) reported seeing the municipal flag of Yerevan in the Summer of 2001. It is very similar to the current city flag adopted in 2004: white with the city arms, except that the arms are gold and there are no red triangles around the arms. Proportions unknown, I gave them the same as the flag adopted in 2004.

The same friend also reported four white flags, each with one of the four emblems on the quarters of the Armenian arms in black. Precise detail of the flag is lacking.

Luc Baronian, 24 April 2005