flag patch Isle of Man

flag patch Isle of Man

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Size: 6.5 x 4 cm (2.56 x 1.57 inch)

The flag of the Isle of Man consists of a red base with a "triskelion" (the symbol of Sicily and of the Isle of Man. It features three running legs, bent at the knee, conjoined at the center) on an emblem in the center of it.

Meaning: Local residents of the Isle of Man explain that the legs on the flag turn anti-clockwise so that they don't kneel to the British!

History: The Isle of Man flag was adopted on August 27, 1971. The Isle of Man is a British Crown dependency. The use of the emblem on the flag in the Isle of Man dates back to the 13th Century.

Interesting Facts: The 'triskelion' (a word from the Greek 'three-legged') is one of the oldest symbols known to mankind. The earliest remnants of it were found in prehistoric rock carvings in northern Italy. It also appears on Greek vases and coins from the 6th and 8th centuries BC. The motto of the Isle of Man, which often accompanies the coats of arms, reads in Latin 'Quocunque jeceris stabit', which means, 'wherever you throw, it will stand', referring to the triskelion. (source: worldflags101)