What is the meaning of that flag and what does it represent?
This is one of the questions, we most often receive from people who participated in one of our tours or rented one of our bikes.
This page try to summarize the history and tales related to the official flag of Sardinia island.
The history of the Flag of Sardinia
The symbol of the Quattro Mori (Four Moors) dates back to an ancient Spanish legend of 1096, when the Aragonese defeated the Moor invaders with the help of St. George.
The patron saint of Christian Chivalry, who beheaded the four commanders of the Saracen army.
Among myth and reality, the symbol was adopted by the Aragonese royal house .
The first depictions were lead seals dated 1281 showing the Quattro Mori without bandages.
In 1297 the island fell under Spanish rule and the flag became the official banner of the Kingdom of Sardinia.
We find the first news of the Four Moors representing the official flag of the Kingdom of Sardinia around 1380.
During the 1571 the military arm of the Sardinian Parliament finally adopted the emblem, with the faces turned right and the blindfolds, a symbol of royalty, on their foreheads.
In 1720 the Savoy arrived in Sardinia and during the nineteenth century, no one knows how, the bandages were lowered over the eyes, perhaps due to a mistake of Piedmontese scribes or perhaps to keep the eyes of the Sardinian people closed in front of the rulers.
During the XX Century
During the First World War the glorious Sassari Brigade adopts the banner and displays it on the battlefields.
In 1952 a decree of the President of the Italian Republic formalized the Quattro Mori as a symbol of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia.
In 1999 a Regional Law brought the emblem back to the origin, with the Four Moors wearing the bandage on the forehead, the faces facing the right of the beholder and placed on a white background, with the cross of San Giorgio inside.
Today the Quattro Mori are the sign of recognition of Sardinia.
The flag of all Sardinian people and this flag has no political meaning, despite attempts to exploit it.
A banner of a proud and hospitable people that is exhibited in every place to welcome tourists and visitors
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