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Panevezys County (Lithuania)

Panevezio apskritis

Last modified: 2024-03-23 by zachary harden
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image by Virginijus Misiunas, 14 November 2009

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At  <> there is an image of what looks like the county's flag. There are also photos of other flags, which, I believe are subdivisions flag as I recognized the flag of Panevezys City.
Dov Gutterman, 24 February 2005

All county flags and Coat of Arms adopted on 2004 by Heraldic Commission of Lithuanian Department of Interior.
Jens Pattke, 26 February 2005

Panevezys county - on silver field black mounted knight in defence, knight's shield is blue with golden Jogaila cross and panache is red, bordure of flag blue with 10 golden Jogaila crosses. Flag proportions 5:6, free edges bordered with silver rope, finial is golden tip. The early origin of Panevezys county is the ancient Upyte land. It became the local principality in the early 13th century and later (probably in the mid 14th century) was incorporated into Trakai duchy. In 1564 the Upyte district (pavietas) was established inside the Trakai province. Its administrative center was the Panevezys city, but the name was kept for the tradition.
The Upyte district used seals with National Arms. Their design was copied from the State minor seal but simplified, and the horse had no horsecloth.
Discussing the arms for Panevezys county, the heraldry commission decided coming back to the knight used in Upyte district since the late 16th century till early 19th century. Also the Panevezys city is considered the contemporary capital of Aukstaitija region, therefore both arms have quite similar design, originating from the State minor seal of mid 16th century.
The colors of Panevezys county arms were changed to black knight on silver background, to differentiate it from the National Arms. The red mural line was added on the bottom, binding the county arms with the Upyte arms. That symbolizes that Panevezys county continues the tradition of Upyte district.
The blue border with 10 Jogaila crosses is a common element for all counties of Lithuania: the border means dependence, the Jogaila cross means Lithuania, and 10 means the number of counties. Colours golden on blue are traditional for Jogaila cross in Lithuanian heraldry.
Virginijus Misiunas, 14 November 2009

Coat of Arms

image by Jens Pattke, 26 February 2005