Flag of the Vatican City

Flag of the Vatican City

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The Vatican City flag consists of two vertical bands: the one on the side of the temple is yellow, while the other is white. At the center of the white part are the crossed keys of Saint Peter and the papal tiara. The banner of Vatican City is, together with the Swiss flag, one of only two square-shaped national flags. In heraldry, yellow and white normally represent two metals, gold and silver, which are never combined. A special exception is made in this case, because they also represent the keys of Saint Peter. These keys have grooves in the cross-shaped mechanism. The papal tiara, also called "triregno" (as it consists of an almost conical structure, on which three crowns are fixed, one above the other) is characterized by the presence, as in any episcopal miter, of infule, two strips of cloth which, in use, fall on the shoulders of the pontiff. #flag #Vatican City
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