The official symbols of the city are the coat of arms and the flag of Nizhny Novgorod.  

The Nizhny Novgorod coat of arms

The Nizhny Novgorod historic coat of arms was adopted on August 16, 1781.
The Nizhny Novgorod coat of arms represents an image of a quadrangular heraldic shield with rounded low corners, framed with the Lenin’s order ribbon.
The deer is the symbol of nobleness, cleanness and greatness, life, wisdom and justice.
The crown is the symbol of high development achievements. It shows that Nizhny Novgorod is the administrative centre of the Nizhny Novgorod region.
The framing ribbon points that the city was awarded with the Lenin’s order.
The colours of the coat of arms are:
- silver – a symbol of perfection, nobleness, cleanness of thoughts, peace;
- dark red – a symbol of courage, bravery, fearlessness, maturity, energy and vitality;
- black  - a symbol of sense, wisdom, honesty, modesty,  humility and eternity.

 

The Nizhny Novgorod Flag

The flag represents a rectangular white cloth with width-length ratio 2:3. The image of a deer is situated in the centre. Its height is 4/5 of the flag width. The dark red deer with black horns, eyes and hooves is moving towards the flagstaff.
The colours of the flag are:
white  – a symbol of perfection, nobleness, cleanness of thoughts, peace;
dark red – a symbol of courage, bravery, fearlessness, maturity, energy and vitality;
black  - a symbol of sense, wisdom, honesty, modesty,  humility and eternity.

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