Looking at the official symbols of the Stavropoledge, one can draw one remarkable conclusion: the inhabitants of this region love their land, honor and respect their past and present. Both the flag and the coat of arms of the Stavropol Territory reflect the natural, geographical and historical features of this southern region.
Brief introduction to the region
Stavropol Territory - a region in the south-western partRussia, comparable in area to the Netherlands. Most of it is located within the same elevation. The region also occupies the foothills of the Greater Caucasus with a maximum point of 1603 meters above sea level. It is here that are famous for the whole country balneological resorts: Kislovodsk, Pyatigorsk, Essentuki and others.
There are few forests in the Stavropol Territory.The most common landscapes in this region are steppe and semidesert. The largest rivers of the region are distinguished by their unusual names - Kuban, Kuma, Malka, Zolka, Egorlyk.
The region is home to 2.8 million people.The Stavropol Territory is inhabited by representatives of dozens of different peoples - Russians, Ukrainians, Armenians, Azeris, Greeks, Gypsies, Turkmen and others. In the foothill areas Kabardins, Karachais and Abazins live compactly.
The Stavropol Territory stands outhighly developed industry, in particular, energy. Each year, the region's power plants produce up to 18 billion kW / h of electricity. In addition, the Stavropol region is well developed agriculture, food production and construction materials.
The coat of arms of the Stavropol Territory
The history, culture and nature of any region, likerule, is reflected in its official symbolism. If you study the marginal heraldic symbols of modern Russia, then the coat of arms of the Stavropol Territory will be one of the most interesting and original. It was approved relatively recently - May 15, 1997. Although some of its elements were borrowed from the old provincial coat of arms of the 1878 model.
So, what does the coat of arms of the Stavropol Territory look like?Today? The general proportions of its sides are 9:11 (height to width). The coat of arms is represented by a shield and a frame consisting of oak leaves (on the left side) and wheat ears (on the right side). This wreath of plant elements is wrapped with Russian national ribbon-tricolor. Above the coat of arms crowns the two-headed eagle - the main figure of the state arms of Russia.
The shield itself is divided into two identical in sizefield. In the upper (blue) field there is an ancient fortress on a silver elevation, to which the road leads. In the lower (blue) part of the shield you can see a schematic representation of the map of the region. And, on the left (in the place of the city of Stavropol) a white cross is placed, through which a horizontal line with the signature "45" passes. This is nothing but the 45th parallel of the northern latitude, on which stands the city of Stavropol.
Flag of the Stavropol Territory
The Stavropol flag has the form of a rectangle withthe standard proportion of the sides (2: 3). A canvas of golden color is dissected by a white cross, slightly shifted to the left. In its central part, at the intersection, the coat of arms of the edge, which was described above, is placed.
What is the symbolism of this flag?The choice of the primary color for it is quite obvious. The Stavropol region is a southern solar region, which has traditionally always been considered an agricultural region. In addition, in heraldry, golden color also means wealth and prosperity. The white color on the flag, in turn, symbolizes the wisdom and peace of the inhabitants of the region.
Cross on the flag of Stavropol, too, did not appearaccidentally. It is known that the name of the city of Stavropol is of Greek origin and is translated as "the city of the cross." In addition, the white cross on the flag reminds us that the center of the Orthodox Diocese of the entire North Caucasus is located in this region.
The current flag of the Stavropol Territory was also approved on May 15, 1997.
The arms of the city of Stavropol: description and history
The administrative, economic and cultural center of the region is Stavropol. This city was founded in 1777. And this beautiful date can be seen on its official coat of arms.
The modern coat of arms of Stavropol was approved in June1994. Although the first (not very successful) attempts to develop it were implemented in the middle of the XIX century. The year the city was founded, by the way, was also present on the Soviet version of the Stavropol emblem.
The present coat of arms of the city is presented in the form ofA classic French shield framed with a wreath of oak branches. A straight yellow cross breaks the shield space into four fields. In the upper left part (on a red background) we see the elements of the Soviet coat of arms of Stavropol in 1969: a flame of eternal fire and a fragment of a cogged gear. The top right side of the shield (on a white background) depicts a Cossack rider on horseback. In the lower left part (on a white background) there is a picture of a multi-domed church - as an image of Orthodox Russia. Finally, in the lower right part of the shield (on a green background) you can see a fragment of the fortress wall on the hill, to the gate of which the road leads.
By the way, the fortress and the road are depicted on the armsStavropol is not accidental. In the past centuries the city was the main defensive outpost in the south of Russia. And it was through Stavropol that an important path passed between Russia and the Caucasus region.
The coat of arms of the Stavropol Territory, perhaps, can be attributedto the number of the most original regional arms of Russia. It successfully displays the historical and natural-geographical features of the region. No less interesting and interesting is the coat of arms of the administrative center of the region - the city of Stavropol.