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Flag of Lišane Ostrovičke - Image by Željko Heimer, 21 November 2009
Lišane Ostrovičke is located 50 km south-east of Zadar, about 25 km due east of Biograd na moru, inlands from the coast, on the eastern edge of the Ravni kotari region, on the railway line Zadar-Knin. It has somewhat over 750 inhabitants, the majority of whom live in the village of the same name, with just over 5% of Serb population. Before the Homeland War, the Serb population reached over 40%, from a total populaton of over 1,600 inhabitants.
Beside the main village there are two other settlements in the municipality, Dobropoljci and Ostovica. The latter provided the attribute in the current name of the municipality, in the Middle Age being an important fortress owned by the Dukes of Bribir. They exchanged it in 1347 for the Zrin fortress in central Croatia, since when they are known as Zrinski. Ostrovica and the surrounding region fell under the Turks in 1523, and the fortress was thoroughly destroyed in the Venetian-Turkish wars in the 17th century, when the importance of the nearby Lišane began. Lišane was ocupied by the Serb rebels in the 1990s and totally destroyed, the current inhabitants being almost exclusively those who returned from exile in 1990s.
Željko Heimer, 23 May 2008
The symbols of Lišane Ostrovičke are described in the Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Lišane Ostrovičke, adopted on 16 January 2006 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 18 January 2006 in the Municipality official gazette Službeni glasnik općine Lišane Ostrovičke, No. 1. This is repeated in the current Municipality Statutes Statut Općine Lišane Ostrovičke, adopted on 3 August 2009 by the Municipality Assembly and published in Službeni glasnik općine Lišane Ostrovičke.
The symbols were designed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company, from Rijeka, and approved by the Ministry of Administration / Central State Office for Administration before 2006.
The flag (photo) is in proportions 1:2, dark blue with the coat of arms, bordered yellow, in the middle.
Željko Heimer, 21 November 2009
Coat of arms of Lišane Ostrovičke - Image by Željko Heimer, 21 November 2009
The coat of arms is "Argent three swords of the same hilted or erect inflamed in a conjoined flame gules issuant from the base".
The similarity with the coat of arms of Velika Ludina is evident, although I believe that there is no connection at all, except the same designer and, apparently, the same symbolic: the parish of all the three villages is in Lišane and is dedicated to St. Michael, whose attribute is an inflamed sword. I suppose that the three swords stands for the three villages.
I would also assume that the design has a secondary reference to the Homeland War - the destruction of the municipality under fire and the determination of defence by its inhabitants.
Željko Heimer, 23 May 2008