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Village of Floriana (Malta)

Last modified: 2006-03-11 by santiago dotor
Keywords: malta | floriana | lion (red-yellow) | arm: winged (yellow) | banner of arms (vilhena) |
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[Village of Floriana (Malta)] 3:5
image by Dirk Schönberger, exported to GIF by António Martins, 28 October 2002

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Floriana changed its flag but the design is not known to me.

Jaume Ollé, 5 March 2000

Blazon: Per pale Argent a lion Gules its head Or armed Sable and Gules a sword Argent handled Or and a feather Or issuant from a cloud Argent (?).

Željko Heimer, 1 November 2002

Vertically divided flag: white hoist with a red lion rampant, its head yellow; red fly with a yellow, winged angel's arm bearing a sword erect, its sheath white.

What looks like a sword and palmtree branch emerging from clouds on Dirk Schönberger's image is actually an angel's winged hand holding a sword, see the coat-of-arms at the Maltese Government Official Website and the website. According to Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Heraldry website, the arms are based on the arms of the Portuguese Grand Master Vilhena who ordered the Italian architect Pietro Floriani to design Floriana (hence the name) as Valletta's suburb.

Santiago Dotor, 10 February 2006

Pascal Gross' Atlas Géographique Mondial website, shows however the hoist and fly halves in the opposite order (image here), with the caption "...drawn by Adrian Strickland" [str], the expert in Maltese flags. Presumably this is the current Floriana flag.

Santiago Dotor, 10 March 2006