The flag of Greece, a country with a very interesting story. The country`s national flag consists og 9 horizontal stripes: 5 blue ones and four white. At the top left on a square background of blue color shows a white cross. As it is now known, this symbol of the Greek state was adopted in December 1978.
The history of the flag
Over the long history of Greece as a state, its state system has changed several times. In accordance with this, changes were made to the symbols of the state.
The flag in blue and white with cross-shaped stripes and the image of St. George the victorious, striking the dragon, was used by Greek soldiers in the Turkish troops during the reign of the Ottoman Empire.
Since 1924, in the era of the Second Greek Republic, the monarchical symbol has disappeared from the banner. With the restoration of Royal power, the crown returned to its original place.
After the overthrow of the “black colonels” the Greeks returned to the symbolism, which was adopted in the first two republics, and used it until 1978.
There are different opinions about what the national colors mean. Somebody think that white is a symbol of clouds, sky and foam. There is also a version that white color is a sign of divine blessing.
The symbolic meaning of nine stripes is that a national moto consists of nine syllables. And the word freedom in Greek consists of nine letters.