National symbols of Serbia


National symbols of Serbia

National symbols of Serbia (Serbian: Национални симболи, tr. Nacionalni simboli) are the symbols that are used in Serbia to represent what is unique about the nation, reflecting different aspects of its cultural life and history.

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Official symbols

Symbol Media Remarks
Flag:
Flag of Serbia
Serbian National Flag
The flag includes the Serbian cross, Coat of arms and Serbian tricolour. Adopted August 16, 2004.
National anthem
Bože pravde
"Bože pravde" was the anthem of the Principality of Serbia and Kingdom of Serbia until 1918 when Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes was formed. Adopted November 8, 2006.
National colours
Red, Blue and White
Civil Flag of Serbia.svg
Red, Blue and White (Serbian tricolour) were used as colours in the Flag of the Principality of Serbia (1830-1882). The national colours are used by the Red, Blue and White are also the traditional team colors of Serbian national sports teams.
Coat of arms
Coat of arms of Serbia
Serbian Coat of Arms
Originally Coat of Arms of Kingdom of Serbia (1882), re-adopted 2004.

Unofficial Emblems

Symbol Image Remarks
National motto
Only Unity Saves the Serbs
(Unity; Solidarity)
Serbian cross.jpg The phrase is displayed on the Serbian cross on the Serbian national coat of arms, in the form of four C-shaped firesteels (Serbian: "ocila", "оцила"), which form an acronym of four Cyrillic letters for "S" (written like Latin "C").
National animals
Wolf
Canis Lupus
Wolf
Unofficial national mammal animal
Floral emblem
Plum
Prunus
Plum
It is a fruit tree which is known for Rakija production in Serbia.
National drink
Šljivovica
Plum brandy. Protected designation of origin.
National bird
Eagle
(Serbian eagle)
The White Eagle is depicted on the royal houses of Nemanjić, Mrnjavčević, Lazarević, Crnojević, Obrenović and Karađorđević, and is used on the Coat of arms of Serbia and the Flag of Serbia.
Patron saint
Saint Sava
Saint Sava
Founder and First Archbishop of Serbian Orthodox Church (1219–1233).
National tree
Oak
Oak
The Oak was depicted in the Coat of Arms of Serbia 1835-1882 and 1947-2004. Oak is a sacred tree, used in Serbian Christmas traditions: Badnjak.
Monument
Cathedral of Saint Sava
Temple of Saint Sava
The largest Orthodox cathedral in the world. The church is dedicated to Saint Sava. It is built on the Vračar plateau, on the location where his remains were burned in 1595 by the Ottoman Empire's Sinan Pasha. From its location, it dominates Belgrade's cityscape, and is perhaps the most monumental building in the city.
National art
Kosovo Maiden
Kosovo Maiden
Central figure of a poem with the same name
National hat
Šajkača
Šajkača
Commonly seen as part of the National costume of the Šumadija region, Central Serbia. Has its origin in the 18th-century Serbian river flotilla.
National food
Ćevapčići
Ćevapi
A well-known Serbian national dish.

See also

  • List of World Heritage sites in Serbia

References


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