A rich choice of interesting symbols is one of main national peculiarities of Glasgow. Some of them have appeared just recently, while others have decorated costumes, flags and emblems for many centuries. Thistle flower is the most famous symbol of the city. The image of the flower can be seen on numerous souvenirs. This symbolic image graced the local coins even five hundred years ago. According to a legend, in ancient times the thistle helped to save the country from invaders. Enemy forces could not pass the field overgrown with prickly thistle unnoticed. The Scottish army was attracted by the cries of the enemy and defeated the invader.
Solitaire flag is a no less known symbol of the city. As a rule, travelers enjoy buying it as a commemorative gift. The flag look like a white cross on a sky-blue canvas. For many centuries flag has remained the official symbol of the country.
Not many people know that there’s also an unofficial flag, which is sometimes called Ferocious Lion. Yellow canvas is decorated with the image of a red lion - the symbol was used by the monarchs as yet in the early medieval period, but it didn’t receive the official status. Despite the fact that this symbol cannot be used by all the other organizations and establishments, the fierce lion has become the main symbol of local football fans. You can see these bright red and yellow flags on all football matches.
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