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A sculpture inspired by the legend of Dannebrog was opened in Danish King's Garden

16.05.2012  15:24
A sculpture "Tuli lipp" that reflects the legend of Dannebrog was unveiled on 15 May 2012 in Tallinn in the Danish King's Garden.

The sculpture "Tuli lipp" by Mari Rass and Liina Stratskas won the design contest for the Danish King’s Garden’s sculptural solution last autumn. "Tuli lipp" symbolizes the legend of the red flag with a white cross that fell from the sky on 15 June 1219 in Tallinn and encouraged the Danish troops to win over the Estonians in the battle under Lyndanise, as the site was called then. It became the Danish national flag - believed to be the oldest state flag in the world still in use; it has been the basis for the national flags of other Nordic countries.

At the opening ceremony Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar and the elder of City Centre Mihhail Korb held speeches. Also the unveiling of the new sculpture was highly greeted by the Danish Ambassador Uffe Balslev in a speech translated into Estonian by Silvi Teesalu, Director of the Danish Cultrural Institute in Tallinn.

"The Danish King’s Garden is for historical and sentimental reasons very dear to us Danes. The story of the battle of Lyndanise that we claim took place right here at this place on 15 June 1219 is known by all Danes and still learned by school-children as a central legend in our national, romantic history writing", the Ambassador said.

To mark the legend of the flag in the Danish King’s Garden there has so far been a memorial stone erected by Danish Estonian Society in 1994 and from Soviet times Heino Müller’s smith-work "Memorial for Old King" that resembles a coat-of-arms.

The new sculpture was opened in the Danish King’s Garden on Tallinn Day, 15 May. On that day in 1248 the King of Denmark gave Tallinn the status of free city, which meant that in Tallinn the Lübeck law took effect and the town was included into the union of the cities.

Ambassador Balslev and Silvi Teesalu