Cap insignia St. Petersburg May 18, 2015

Cap insignia St. Petersburg May 18, 2015

Russian Hat Insignia

Obtained this in St. Petersburg, Russia May 18, 2015. The double-headed eagle is a common symbol in heraldry and vexillology. It is most commonly associated with the Byzantine Empire, the Holy Roman Empire, the Serbian Empire, the Russian Empire and their successor states. In Byzantine heraldry, the heads represent the Emperor having authority over both secular and religious matters, Byzantine emperors were regarded as Christ’s viceregent on Earth. It also signified the dominance of the Byzantine Emperors over both East and West. In the Holy Roman Empire’s heraldry, it represented the church and the state. Several Eastern European nations adopted it from the Byzantines and continue to use it as their national symbol.

The Double-Headed Russian State Imperial Eagle insignia, as on national emblem of the Russian Federation. The Double-headed Eagle was adopted as a Russian Emblem in 1497 by Tsar Ivan III. This Eagle, facing both East and West, was an old Byzantine Emblem of Roman origin. On the eagle breast ancient Moscow state symbol: St. George slaying The Dragon.

Location:              24-C1