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Ambrolauri (Municipality, Georgia)


Last modified: 2011-03-18 by ivan sache
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Flag and arms of Ambrolauri - Images communicated by The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 20 January 2011

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Presentation of Ambrolauri

The town of Ambrolauri (2,500 inhabitants in 2002), the capital of Region Racha-Lechkumi and Kverno Svaneti (western Georgia), is located in the valley of Rioni, surrounded by high mountains. Ambrolauri was granted the municipal status in 1966.
The settlement emerged in the 17th century as one of the royal towns of the Kings of Imereti; the only remains of the royal residence are a ruined church and a tower.

Ivan Sache, 5 December 2010

Flag of Ambrolauri

The flag and arms of Ambrolauri are prescribed by Decree No. 54, adopted on 29 December 2008 by the Municipal Council.

The State Council of Heraldry at the Parliament of Georgia, 20 January 2011

The flag of Ambrolauri is horizontally divided purple-white (4:1) with a white "Georgian" cross patty in the red stripe.
The flag seems to be derived from the municipal coat of arms, "Per fess serrated, 1. Purpure a cross patty argent, 2. Argent a grape purpure. 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 coat of arms recalls the geographical location of Ambrolauri and its main fame, the Khvanchkara red wine, made since 1932 with the local Alekasandrouli and Mudjuretuli grapes, and said to have been Joseph Stalin's preferred wine.

Ivan Sache, 5 December 2010