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Flag of Georgia (country)

Georgia
Flag of Georgia.svg
Name Five Cross Flag
Use Civil and state flag, civil and state ensign
Proportion 2:3
Adopted January 24–25, 2004
Design White rectangle, with in its central portion a large red cross that extends to the edge of the flag. In the four corners there are four Bolnur-Katskhuri crosses of the same color.
Standard of the President of Georgia.png
Variant flag of Georgia
Use Presidential Standard
Design Flag of the President of Georgia
Georgia. Standard of Minister of Defence.svg
Variant flag of Georgia
Design Flag of the Minister of Defence
Georgia. Standard of Chief of General Staff.svg
Variant flag of Georgia
Design Flag of the Chief of the General Staff
Georgia. Main Military flag.svg
Variant flag of Georgia
Design War Flag of Georgia

The flag of Georgia (Georgian: საქართველოს სახელმწიფო დროშა; sakartvelos sakhelmtsʼipo drosha), also known as the Five Cross Flag (Georgian: ხუთჯვრიანი დროშა; khutjvriani drosha), is one of the national symbols of the Republic of Georgia. Originally a banner of the medieval Kingdom of Georgia, it was brought back to popular use in the late 20th and early 21st centuries during periods of the Georgian national revival. Prior to obtaining its official status in 2004, the flag was popularized by the United National Movement and served as one of the most recognizable symbols of the Rose Revolution.

The current flag was used by the Georgian patriotic movement following the country's independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. By the late 1990s, the design had become widely known as the Georgian historical national flag as vexillologists had pointed out the red-on-white Jerusalem cross shown as the flag of Tbilisi in a 14th-century map by Domenico and Francesco Pizzigano.

A majority of Georgians, including the influential Catholicos-Patriarch of the Georgian Orthodox Church, supported the restoration of the flag and in 1999 the Parliament of Georgia passed a bill to change the flag. However, it was not endorsed by the President, Eduard Shevardnadze. It was adopted in the early 2000s by the main opposition party, the United National Movement led by Mikheil Saakashvili, as a symbol of popular resistance to Shevardnadze's rule.


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