Greek Flag

Greek Flag

The Flag of Greece - Description of the Greek Flag

As the above picture of the Greek Flag indicates the overall background is Blue and white

The description of the Greek Flag is as follows:

Nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white

Blue square in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross

The cross symbolizes Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of Greece

According to Ancient and Heraldic traditions much symbolism is associated with colors. The colors on the Greek flag represent the following:

White - peace and honesty and the White colour of the Greek waves

Blue - vigilance, truth and loyalty, perseverance & justice and the blue of the Greek Sea

The basic style shown in the picture of the Greek flag is described as the Greek Cross reflecting the central design of the flag pattern

All Flag pictures depict flags flying, from the viewer's point of view, from left to right

The shape and flag ratio of the Greek flag is described as 7:12

The upper left quarter of the flag is called the Canton and pictures the Greek Cross

The Meaning & History of the Greek Flag

The Greek cross symbolises Greek Orthodoxy and the nine stripes are one for each of the syllables of the phrase "Freedom or Death" - "Eleutheria H Thanatos" (E-ley-the-ri-a i Tha-na-tos)

"Freedom or Death" was the motto used during the 19th century during the years of the Hellenic Revolution against the Ottoman Empire

The line pattern was chosen because of their similarity with the wavy sea that surounds the shores of Greece

The Greek Flag was adopted during the Revolution of the Greek Nation in 1821

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