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The view of traditional and new architecture in Berat, from the Ethnographic Museum. What you see in the middle is the Albanian flag.
The flag of Albania (Flamuri Kombëtar) is a red flag with a silhouetted black double-headed eagle in the center. The red stands for bravery, strength and valor, while the double-headed eagle represents the sovereign state of Albania.

The elements of the flag's design such as the double-headed eagle were borrowed from the banner of the Byzantine Empire. The eagle was used for heraldic purposes in the Middle Ages by a number of noble families in Albania and became the symbol of the Albanians. The Kastrioti's coat of arms, depicting a black double-headed eagle on a red field, became famous when he led a revolt against the Ottoman Empire resulting in the independence of Albania from 1443 to 1479. According to records, Gjergj Kastriot Skanderbeg raised a red flag with the black eagle over Krujë. The flag was first adopted as the national flag of modern Albania in 1912. {Wikipedia}

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