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Flag of TURKEY

A high qality picture image of Turkey's Flag

Turkish Flag, Flag of Turkey

The Turkish flag is derived from the flag of the Ottoman Empire which had reached its final form in 1844 when the flag was adopted.  The flag is a red field with a white crescent moon and a star.  The red was the color of the Ottoman Empire and the Crescent moon and star are the symbols of the Turks.  The crescent moon and star were used by the Byzantines to honor the moon-goddess Hecate, who they believe had saved the city from an attack by Philip II of Macedonia in 340-339 B.C.  When the Ottomans captured Constantinople they also adopted the symbol as the symbol of the Ottoman Empire.