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Symbols of the Pilsen region

Symbols of the Pilsen region

The draft emblem of the symbols of Plzeňský kraj comes from the winner of a competition. The plate field of the French-type sign is divided into four parts.

A. Sign and Flag of Plzeňský kraj

The draft emblem of the symbols of Plzeňský kraj comes from the winner of a competition. The plate field of the French-type sign is divided into four parts.

First field

Czech-crowned silver lion jumping and looking to the right on a red background, the symbol of Czech nationhood and that the region is situated in Bohemia (i.e. not in Moravia or Sylesia)

Second field

A golden Bactrian camel walking to the left on a green background was derived from the emblem of Plzeň (Pilsen). It is the second oldest part of the emblem. That part was added to the city’s emblem by Císař Zikmund (Emperor Zikmund) after the year 1433, and with it he made a reference to a story from the Hussite wars, when the Pilseners attacked the military forces besieging the city and stole a camel from them, which the Hussites had originally received as a gift from the King of Poland.

Third field

A silver and golden bar in a green field.

The green field symbolises a forested border – Šumava (Bohemian Forest) and Český les. Besides the centre, the border is the most important „natural“ trademark of the region. The border with Germany has been reflected in the history of the region during all eras – battles took place and castles were built there in the Middle Ages and before 1989, there was a closed border which personified the entire region. On the contrary, the border – and therefore the entire region – is currently a symbolic gateway to the European Union.

The two bars symbolise the two main rivers drawing water away from the region – the silver bar represents the Berounka River and the golden bar represents the gold-bearing Otava River. The river basins cover the entire territory of the region.

Fourth Field

A silver rotunda in a red field.

The field is a reference to the Rotunda sv. Petra a Pavla (Rotunda of Sts. Peter and Paul) in Starý Plzenec, the oldest preserved building in the Czech Republic. This sacred place used to be the central church of Stará Plzeň (Old Pilsen) – the first administrative centre of the region. This field primarily represents the rich history of the region and its spiritual tradition.

B. Logo of Plzeňský kraj

It consists of the sign „Plzeňský kraj“ and three dynamic curves, the shape and colour of which express the character of Plzeňský kraj in several senses:

  1. EU Integration – the middle (green) curve symbolizes a bridge connecting Plzeňský kraj (CR) and the European Union – here symbolized by the colours of the outer curves (blue and yellow).
  2. Countryside, nature – the shape and colour of the middle (green) curve evoke the countryside of forests and meadows. The bottom (blue) curve, shaped like a very stretched-out drop of water, represents running water and the top (yellow – orange) curve has the colour of the sun.
  3. A duality of country houses and an industrial centre – the blue curve represents a traditional, conservative element while the yellow curve represents a dynamic, modern element. Neither element could exist without its mutual relationship with nature – here symbolized by the green curve in the middle.
  4. Unified whole formed by antipoles – the blue curve (cold colour) expressing the conservative approach and traditional values, is an antipole to the yellow curve (warm colour) which expresses the modern approach, energy, creative potential and moving forward. The middle green curve represents a neutral element, dividing (and, at the same time, also binding together) the two curves. Where one curve disappears, another one emerges, and linked together like this, these curves form a consistent whole, the elements of which mutually influence one another.
  5. Dynamics of the region – by the dynamic and yet still compact shape of the curves, the logo presents Plzeňský kraj as a dynamic and compact whole.

The  logo as a whole represents a gate to the region.

Last edited by: Beránek Filip (23.06.2010)

 


 

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