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Leskovac (Municipality, Serbia)


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Flag of Leskovac - Image by Ivan Sarajčić, 2 August 2006

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Presentation of Leskovac

Leskovac is a town and municipality located in southern Serbia.

Ivan Sarajčić, 2 August 2006

Flag of Leskovac

Leskovac has adopted a coat of arms (lesser, middle and greater), as well as a flag. The flag is a square banner of the arms, like most of the Serbian municipal flags.

Quoting (translating) the municipal website:

The coat of arms represents the historical and cultural heritage of Leskovac. Blue is the colour of skies, holiness, water and peace. Blue is also the colour of the former emblem of municipality. The archaic Slavic word for blue, moravo, corresponds to the name of the river Morava, whose watershed spreads mainly through the south of Serbia. Gold is the colour of holiness, persistency and unchangeability through time.
The cross, made of a double knitted rope, has two meanings, symbolizes suffering and the resurrection and the civilization Serbia belongs to. The rope also recalls the emergence of textile production, from which specific handicraft and industrial prospect of Leskovac has been developed. The cross is also sign of road junction. Leskovac, as a town and bazar is the center of that junction and place crucified to the cross of suffering during the war times, and many times arose from the ashes of its scaffolds.
The golden hazelnuts recall the name of the town (lešnik, hazelnut; leska, hazel).
The estucheon "argent a double-headed eagle gules" recalls the times when Stefan Nemanja, Grand Prince of the Serbian medieval state of Rascia, took the region of Dubočica from the Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos. The red eagle, as a particular noble symbol, was reserved for despotes and other noblemen in the Byzantine Empire. It was used by the Serbian House of Nemanjić until the imperial coronation of Stefan Dušan in 1346.

Ivan Sarajčić, 2 August 2006