Design of the national flag of Romania doesn`t differ seriously from most of European flags. It is commonly believed that the design of this flag was inspired by French tricolor. On this tricolor there are blue, yellow and red bands.
There are two versions of how the national flag was adopted. According to the traditional version blue represents the sky and divine will. Yellow is a symbol of the country`s wealth. Red is a symbol of the people`s courage and force of spirit.
The emergence of blue-yellow-red tricolor as the national symbol of the Romanian state is associated with the name of Michael the Brave, who ruled in 1593 – 1601. According to another version, the appearance of the colors on the flag’s happened before in the reign of Stephen the Great (1457 – 1504)..
Under the blue-yellow-red banners, rebels led by Tudor Vladimirescu opposed the Ottoman Empire in 1821. Only the bands on the canvas then located horizontally.
In 1848, the national symbol was officially approved in the form of a cloth with equal-sized vertical stripes of blue, yellow and red. In the center was placed the inscription “Justice and brotherhood”.
Flag of the revolutionaries of 1848
It is noteworthy that during its existence, the flag of Romania has not undergone significant changes. Repeatedly changed the location of the bands, which were placed either vertically or horizontally. In the horizontal version, the red and blue colors were rearranged