When we think of the Dominican Republic, we think about their endless weather of sunshine and stunning beaches! What you probably didn’t know is that the Dominican Republic is the only country in the world to have an image of the Holy Bible on its national flag. Yes, it’s true!
The national flag is formatted blue-red-blue-red with a white central cross. When used for official purposes, it includes the coat of arms. A Dominican revolutionary known as La Trinitaria highlighted their Christian heritage by placing a white cross on the background of the blue-red flag. This revolution started in February 27, 1844, and the flag designed by Juan Pablo Duarte, was lifted the next day.
The independence movement prompted a constitution to be formed for the Dominican Republic and this established the official flag on November 6, 1844. The order of the colors was re-established so that the blue and red colours would alternate, with the white cross between them. .
The coat of arms in the centre of the flag incorporates the national flag, a Bible and a cross. There’s also branches of laurel and palm, the name of the country, and the motto “Dios, patria, libertad” (“God, fatherland, liberty”). With some minor artistic changes, the flag has continued in use to the present day
With 200 countries in the world and the Dominican Republic being the only country that has a flag with the image of a bible, is impressive! This is a minor fun fact for some, but this is something I’ll always remember about the D.R., besides it’s breathtaking scenery and weather, of course!