I'm deep into an extensive one volume history of the Ottoman Empire, because- well, at this point I'm not sure why. The first decades of the 1600s were rough- lots of revolts and palace intrigues- I'm hoping the next chapter will be a little more interesting. But one foe of the Ottomans keeps popping up a lot and that's the Republic of Venice. So, I did some digging and this week I decided we're going to take a look at it's modern day descendant, the Regional flag of Veneto:
Here's where things get a little crazy though- because while this flag looks busy as all get out (maybe even too busy) from a design standpoint, the seven stripes at the fly edge are actually tails. So the flag, when flying, looks something like this:
The wiki-page for the flag indicated that a ribbon should be knotted just belong the finial of the flagpole as well.
(Tangent Time: The Parentals had a really awesome book called 'The Times Atlas of European History' when I was growing up and I would lose myself in its pages on a regular basis, watching the rise and fall of empires and countries that I had never even heard of come and go over the centuries. One of my favorites was always La Serenissima, The Republic of Venice. I'm glad it's got such a bad-ass flag and that it's modern equivalent honors the historical roots of the region.)
Remember, until next time keep your flags flying- FREAK or otherwise!