Original Estonian Flag to Be Placed on Display at National Museum ({{commentsTotal}})

The country's first blue, black and white national flag, treated as a sacred relic by the Estonian Students' Society fraternity, will entrust the more than 130-year-old banner to the stewardship of the Estonian National Museum.

The museum plans to display the flag as part of its main exhibition when the new building opens in several years, uudised.err.ee reported.

The flag was taken out of safekeeping and unfurled on Wednesday to mark the 130th anniversary of its ceremonial handing-over to the fraternity. It was the first time in five years that it had been on display. The conservator who helped restore the flag in 1992, Helge Peets, said the flag has deteriorated only minimally in the past few years.

Measurements were also taken of the flag on Wednesday in preparation for its inclusion in digital collections, with the color tone of the blue matched to international standard coordinates.