Municipality Basmannoe

Coat of arms and flag


Shield: Moscow shape, Gules. Party per fess, Or. Fess adorned with floral pattern. Charge, chief, post horn Or; base, loaf in proper colour topped by salt cellar, Or.


The red Moscow shape shield is divided with a horizontal gold band decorated with a floral pattern. Depicted in the top field is a gold post horn, and in the bottom field a round loaf f bread in natural colour, topped with a gold salt cellar.


The red colour of the shield shows that the district has always been a gem of Moscow, with opulent aristocratic and grand ducal urban estates, and remains a cultural centre to this day. The ornamental gold band symbolizes jewellers’ quarter that once existed in the district. It was known for basmenie — embossed patterns on gold and silver (hence the name of the district). There is another etymology, from basman, the old Russian word for white bread made in a government bakery. Royal bakeries appeared in the neighbourhood in the 17th century. The post horn reminds of the central Moscow post office, established in the locality in 1700.


The flag of the Basmanny Municipal District is a two-sided rectangle with a 2:3 width to length ratio.

The flag consists of three horizontal stripes — red, ornamental yellow, and another red. The width of each of the two upper stripes is 1/4 of the flag’s width, and of the bottom stripe 1/2 of the flag’s width.

Depicted in the centre of the top stripe is a yellow post horn. The size of the image is 7/30 of the flag’s length and 3/20 of its width. In the centre of the bottom stripe is a round loaf of natural colour, topped by a yellow salt cellar. The size of the image is 1/3 of the flag’s length and 5/16 of its width.