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Bydgoszcz (Poland)

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Bydgoszcz flag

[Bydgoszcz flag] image by Ivan Sache, 23 November 2020

Bydgoszcz: horizontal white-red-blue with the coat of arms in the centre.
Pascal Vagnat, 19 May 1999

Bydgoszcz: formerly a regional seat, today the capital and largest city of Cuiavia-Pomeranian. Located on the Brda river, ca. 385.000 inhabitants, A town since 1346. German name: Bromberg.
Gwidon S. Naskrent, 6 Sept 2000

A share of 30,000 copies of the flag was organized in the municipality in November 2019, to anticipate the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the return of the town to Poland (1920).


The flag of Bydgoszcz was involved in the "Over the Brdą" recital offered in July 2018 by Bydgoszcz-born, multi-talented Maja Babyszka (19 years old).
Maja played piano and sang in a basket hanging to a crane and gently swinging over river Brdą, in Bydgoszcz's historical center.
HHanging down from the basket, the flag was dropped into the river when the crane lowered down the basket. Maja was not dropped, but I hope she will consider this opportunity for her next performance.
Nobody seems to have complained for flag desecration. The dropping, indeed, could be seen as a symbolic way to emphasize the significance of the river for the development of the town.

Ivan Sache, 23 November 2020

Bydgoszcz Coat of Arms

[Bydgoszcz arms] image by Ivan Sache, 23 November 2020

The city's arms have been used in their present form since the 14th century.
Jarig Bakker,, 22 Mar 2001The coat of arms of Bydgoszcz depicts a city gate with three towers, a raised portcullis and half-opened gate.

In ancient times, however, the gates were closed and strictly guarded. People who came to the gates of Bydgoszcz and did not get a hospitable welcome, turned around and headed to nearby Toruń. That was the reason merchants from distant parts, travelers and rich knights bypassed the city that was unfriendly and unwelcoming for strangers. The citizens of Bydgoszcz suffered from that fact, because they lacked overseas goods and news from the world. In this situation the town councillors decided that the gates should always be open. This was also the image they ordered to be presented on the city’s coat of arms and since then it has been clear that the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz willingly host guests.
Visit Bydgoszcz

Ivan Sache, 23 November 2020