You can find on this page the Greece flag map to print and to download in PDF. The Greece flag map presents the flag of Greece in the area map of Greece. And also the history of the flag of Greece in Europe.
The Greece flag map shows the flag of Greece in empty Greece map. This flag map of Greece will allow you to know the history, origins and composition of the flag of Greece in Europe. The Greece flag map is downloadable in PDF, printable and free.
The flag of Greece (popularly referred to as the galanolefki or the kianolefki, the "blue-white"), officially recognized by Greece as one of its national symbols, is based on nine equal horizontal stripes of blue alternating with white as its mentioned in Greece flag map. There is a blue canton in the upper hoist-side corner bearing a white cross; the cross symbolizes Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the established religion of the Greek people of Greece and Cyprus. According to popular tradition, the nine stripes represent the nine syllables of the phrase "Ελευθερία ή Θάνατος" ("Freedom or Death", " E-lef-the-ri-a i Tha-na-tos"), the five blue stripes for the syllables "Έλευθερία" and the four white stripes "ή Θάνατος".
The blazon of the flag is Azure, four bars Argent; on a canton of the field a Greek cross throughout of the second. The shade of blue used in the flag as you can see in Greece flag map has varied throughout its history, from light blue to dark blue, the latter being increasingly used since the late 1960s. The above patterns were officially adopted by the First National Assembly at Epidaurus on 13 January 1822. Blue and white have many interpretations, symbolizing the colours of the famed Greek sky and sea (combined with the white clouds and waves), traditional colours of Greek clothes in the islands and the mainland, etc.
In ancient times there were no flags. The Ancient Greeks in place of flags had shields bearing distinct and symbolic signs, which they called Episemon/Episema. This is Glaphx, the owl - the symbol of goddess Athena, the patron goddess of Athens. The Greeks chose the version of the flag that we know today, which dates back to 1822 (see Greece flag map), a year after the new state declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.