Coat of arms of the city of Vologda Full-dress coat of arms of the city of Vologda

Description of the Vologdas coat of arms

The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is a red escutcheon with a right hand in golden clothes appearing out of the silver cloud and holding a golden orb and a silver sword with a golden sword-hilt.

The full version of the Vologda’s coat of arms is supplemented with several elements:

  • a golden tower-like crown with five merlons, each of them has three small merlons;
  • “holders of the escutcheon” – young men with golden hair dressed in silvers garments with golden sleeves and golden shoes; they stand on the green hill and hold silver swords with golden sword-hilts: the right man holds the sword in his right hand and the left man - in his left one;
  • a ribbon of the order of the October Revolution girding the green hill at the bottom.

Reproduction of the Vologdas coat of arms shall correspond with its description and is allowed in the multicoloured and one-colour variants.

It is allowed to reproduce the full version of the coat of arms without one or several structural elements supplementing the escutcheon (i.e. without the crown and / or the holders of the escutcheon one or both, the ribbon and others).

Symbolic meaning of the Vologdas coat of arms

Interpretation of the old coat of arms of Vologda is connected with two city legends.

The first legend is about the men in white garments saving the city at the cost of their lives.

Once when Vologda was attacked, the detachments of the inhabitants were defeated and found shelter within the city. The defenders expected a decisive assault in the morning and didnt hope to hold the city. But all of a sudden two unknown men in white garments descended from the heaven, attacked the enemy, beat plenty of assailants and extremely frightened them. Grateful inhabitants of Vologda buried the fallen men in white garments the next day and conducted a religious procession to their grave every year.

The second legend is connected with Ivan the Terrible and his stay in Vologda.

On the famous River Vologda
To Nason there came a visitor.
'Twas a Tsar they called the Terrible,
Come to found a mighty capital...

The right hand with a sword, a symbol of justice, court of law and advocacy of the Motherland, points to the Legend about the men in white garments.

The orb, symbolizing power, State system of the rights of the administrative centre as a subject of the Russian Federation, points to the legend describing the wish of Ivan IV (Terrible) to make Vologda the capital of the country.

Red signifies courage and valour; golden - might and prosperity, silver nobility, light and purity.

The holders of the escutcheon are the men in white garments who saved the city.

The ribbon of the order of the October Revolution reflects the fact that the city of Vologda was awarded the order of the October Revolution by decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet on July 22, 1982 for the workers progress made in the economic and cultural development and for a significant contribution to the victory over the fascist aggressors in the Great Patriotic War.

The red colour of the background personifies power, courage, intrepidity and love. Golden (yellow colour) symbolizes abundance, prosperity, might, faithfulness and constancy. Silver (white colour) signifies nobility, light and purity.

Use of the coat of arms

  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on the Sign on the Head of the City.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on the city awards.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on seals and stamps of: the Head of the City, the Vologda City Duma, the Vologda City Administration and its organization departments, the Control and Accounts Chamber.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on letterheads of: the Head of the City, the Vologda City Duma and its standing committees, the Vologda City Administration and its organization departments, coordinating and consultative bodies.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on certificates and visiting cards of: the Head of the City, the chairman of the Vologda City Duma, the deputies of the Vologda City Duma, the heads and employees of the organization departments in the Vologda City Duma and the Vologda City Administration.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda can be placed on buildings and in rooms: on the fronts of administrative buildings, where the Head of the City, the Vologda City Duma and the Vologda City Administration work; in the offices of the Head of the City, the chairman of the Vologda City Duma and their deputies, and also in the offices and meeting rooms of the Vologda City Duma, the Vologda City Administration, the Control and Accounts Chamber.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on the border marks and at the checkpoints at the entrance to the city of Vologda.
  • The coat of arms of the city of Vologda is placed on the official editions published by the bodies of representative and executive power in the city of Vologda.

It is allowed to use the depiction of the Vologdas coat of arms as an element of festive decoration of the city events and also as a heraldic base of corporate symbols of the municipal organizations.

Other cases of the use of the Vologdas coat of arms are established by the Vologda City Duma.

Drawings of the Vologdas coat of arms in the multicoloured and one-colour variants and Regulations on the coat of arms of the city of Vologda are kept in the permanent exposition of the Vologda State Museum-Preserve for History, Architecture and Art and are accessible to all interested persons.

Someone who distorts the depiction of the Vologdas coat of arms when making and (or) replicating it bears responsibility for it.

Violation of the Vologdas coat of arms entails responsibility in compliance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.

Besides, in accordance with the Regulations on the use of the coat of arms of the city of Vologda on advertising and souvenir produce, other unofficial use of the coat of arms established by the decision of the Vologda City Duma of April 22, 2004 49, the Vologdas coat of arms can be used by juridical and natural persons, individual entrepreneurs, public associations:

  • on products put out by juridical and natural persons;
  • on trade marks and service marks as their unguarded elements;
  • on labels, price lists, packing, other means of visual identification of goods, works and service;
  • on badges, stamps, envelopes, post cards, labels, sticky appliqués and other souvenir articles;
  • on goods of the decorative and applied arts, on jewelry;
  • in advertising produce.

It is not allowed to use the Vologdas coat of arms as a means of visual identification and advertisement for goods, works and service, if the advertisement for these goods, works and service is prohibited or restricted in accordance with the legislation.

It is not allowed to reproduce the Vologdas coat of arms:

  • in combination with words and depictions infringing upon the rights of a man, his honour and dignity, offending national and religious feelings of citizens;
  • with distortions and inaccuracies in its depiction;
  • on the surface of objects carrying loads which can lead to distortion of the elements of the depiction (except balloons and banners with a cloth foundation which are placed during holiday events).

It is prohibited to use the Vologdas coat of arms on the letterheads, seals, stamps, signboards, information plates of individual entrepreneurs and juridical persons which are not the objects of the municipal property of the city of Vologda.

The use of the Vologdas coat of arms with infringement of the Regulations entails responsibility in compliance with the current legislation.