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Sidon (South Governorate, Lebanon)

Municipality of Sidon / Saïda

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[Municipality of Sidon (Lebanon)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 Jun 2010

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Sidon or Saïda is the third-largest city in Lebanon, located on the Mediterranean coast of the South Governorate, about 40 km north of Tyre and 40 km south of Beirut. Its name means "fishery." Its 200,000 inhabitants are mainly Sunni, but there are also significant minorities of Shiite Muslims and Maronite Christians.
Eugene Ipavec, 28 Jun 2010

The Flag

There is a white flag with a coat of arms on the other side of the speaker's podium in a very small photo at the Sidonia News website; it could possibly be the flag of the municipality of Sidon.
Eugene Ipavec, 14 Jan 2008

The municipal flag of Sidon is indeed white with the city's coat of arms; it can be seen in various other, better photos at the above.
Eugene Ipavec, 28 Jun 2010

Coat of Arms

Sidon's (relatively unheraldic) arms are per fess argent and azure, meant to represent sky and sea, with a naturalistic image of the Sidon Sea Castle (a historic Crusader fortress ruin just offshore) in yellow straddling the dividing line. Above and below the castle respectively are the national cedar in green and a yellow Phoenician galley with a horse-head prow. There are four black Arabic inscriptions in each of the "corners" of the shield, which has a thin red bordure.
Eugene Ipavec, 28 Jun 2010