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Bartoszyce town (Poland)

Bartoszyce county, Warmińsko-Mazurskie voivodship

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[Bartoszyce flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 12 Nov 2008
adopted 2 Dec 2000 See also:

Bartoszyce new flag

Bartoszyce - urban commune, Bartoszyce County, Warmińsko-mazurskie Voivodship - German name: Bartenstein.
Area: 11 sq.km (4.2 sq.mi); Population: 25,423.
The flag below is obviously based on Adam Kromer's collection of Banderias Prutenorum).
The image is fine, nothing wrong with it, except it ain't the flag of Bartoszyce (urban commune).
To add more to the confusion, the modern flag of Bartoszyce, as shown on wiki and Lajsikonik, also differs from the legal description given in the law of the city and commune.
The modern flag, based on the medieval banner, but modernized to today's standards, was adopted on December 2, 2000 (resolution # 187/XXIV/2000) and
confirmed in the latest version of the law ("Statut") on February 22, 2006 (resolution # XLIV/260/06) and described as follows:
" The flag, in the colors of black and white, corresponds in the color scheme and design, to the one captured by the troops of Władysław Jagiełło in the Battle of Grunwald (Tannenberg) and described by Jan Długosz in "Banderia Prutenorum".
Proportions of the flag were modernized and shouldn't be more than 2:3 to 5:8."
The proof of the legal flag is attached to the law as an addendum #3, which I'm including below.
I sifted through dozens of documents and didn't find any explanation of the white stripe on the top of the flag (to possible Jorge's dismay) - sorry.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 12 Nov 2008

Bartoszyce old flag

[Bartoszyce flag] image by Blas Delgado Ortiz and Ivan Sarajcic, 29 May 2001

Bartoszyce. Old Polish ‘Barta’ and Old German ‘Barte’ mean an axe with wide blade. Town’s flag is modelled after the flag which was conquered in the battle of Grunwald. The town’s history dates 1326 when location privilege was granted. In those days it was called Rosenthal- the Valley of Roses. The name didn’t survive. In 1332 it was replaced by Bartenstein.
Bartoszyce is now a county town, situated in north-east Poland, in Warmia and Mazury voivodeship, upon the Lyna River. It lies 16 km away from the border crossing in Bezledy. Going through it is the best way to reach Kaliningrad Province. Number of inhabitants: 28.000.
Source: info from this website
Jarig Bakker, 2 Sept 2000

The narrow white stripe at the top isn't explained anywhere, is it?
It's really a weird flag!...
Jorge Candeias, 31 May 2001


Bartoszyce Coat of Arms

[Bartoszyce Coat of Arms] image from this website.