Poland: National Symbol                              

Coat of Arms Legend

The White Eagle emblem originated when Poland's legendary founder Lech saw a white eagle's nest. When he looked at the bird, a ray of sunshine from the red setting sun fell on its wings, so they appeared tipped with gold. The rest of the eagle was pure white.

Lech was moved and so decided to settle at that location. He added an eagle on his emblem. He also named the place Gniezdno (currently Gniezno) from the Polish word gniazdo (nest).

A less romantic version assumes that Poland adopted the emblem from the Roman Empire (like many other European countries).

A stylized version of the coat of arms on a building in Krakow.