Thanks to a fellow postcrosser, I am able to cross of another country from my missing flag collection list – Russia.
The flag of the Russian Federation is a tricolor flag consisting of three equal horizontal fields; white on the top, blue in the middle and red on the bottom.
The flag was first used as an ensign for Russian merchant ships and only became official in 1896. The flag continued to be used by the Russian Provisional Government after the Tsar was toppled in the February Revolution and was not replaced until the October Revolution which established the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic – the world’s first constitutionally socialist state. From that time period, a 1:2 red flag featuring the abbreviated name “RSFSR” (“РСФСР“) was used, until replaced in 1954 with the universal design of the Soviet flag with a blue stripe along the mast. It was not until the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 that the tricolour was brought back as the official flag of the new Russian Federation. The modern era flag underwent a proportion change in 1993 and has been official since 2000.
This lovely postcard has reached me recently and shows the St. Basil’s Basilika in Moscow. It is also known as the Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat or Pokrovsky Cathedral and is situated on the Red Square. It is a Russian Orthodox Church and one of the most famous buildings in Moscow. It was built in the 16th century on orders from Ivan The Terrible to commemorate the capture of Kazan.
When you have been to Moscow which places did you visit?
This postcard shows the flying Finnish National Flag. A very simple design but beautiful. It is also very easy to remember as the colours already show that it is a cold country. And here is a bit about the history and meaning of this flag.
The flag of Finland (Finnish: Suomen lippu, Swedish: Finlands flagga), also called siniristilippu (“Blue Cross Flag”), dates from the beginning of the 20th century. On a white background, it features a blue Nordic cross, which represents Christianity.The state flag has a coat of arms in the centre, but is otherwise identical to the civil flag. The swallow-tailed state flag is used by the military. The presidential standard is identical to the swallow-tailed state flag but also has in its upper left corner the Cross of Liberty after the Order of the Cross of Liberty, which has the President of Finland as its Grand Master. Like Sweden’s, Finland’s national flag is based on the Scandinavian cross. It was adopted after independence from Russia, when many patriotic Finns wanted a special flag for their country, but its design dates back to the 19th century. The blue coloring is said to represent the country’s thousands of lakes and the sky, with white for the snow that covers the land in winter.
One of the biggest cities in Europe and the capital of Russia is Moscow. The above postcard shows you the beautiful Moscow Kremlin which is the official residence of the Russian President and an ancient fortified complex overlooking the red square and the river.
Moscow is right on top of my bucket list and I have heard a lot of interesting things about it – this is the great thing about working in hospitality – meeting people from all over world. I hope this picture makes you hungry to visit Moscow as well.