The flag of Venice, Italy, is the one
of the old Republic of Venice. It represents a winged lion which puts
its paw on a book with a Latin inscription (Pax tibi, Marce, Evangelista
meus = Peace to you Mark, my evangelist). The lion is the symbol of the
Evangelist Mark, who is said to have stopped, on a Venetian island,
during one of his journeys. There an angel (who is symbolized by the
lion's wings) appeared to him and greeted him saying: "Peace be with
you, Mark, my Evangelist ". He also told him he would rest there after
his death. Mark was buried in Alexandria in Egypt, controlled by the
Muslim. His remains were stolen by the Venetians, who hid them under a
load of pork meat, and then they arrived in Venice in 828. There it was
built the wonderful St Mark basilica in order to keep St Mark's remains.
Since then the winged lion was the symbol of the free Republic of
Venice. In times of peace it was represented with its paw on the book,
in times of war with the unsheathed sword.
polyester Venetian flag is made in Italy and it is a wonderful souvenir