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Cavle (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

Opc'ina Cavle

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by Zeljko Heimer, 26 August 2003

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C<avle (Cavle) is a community just north-east of Rijeka with about 6500 inhabitants. It includes the old fort of Grobnik and Grobnicko polje (Grobnik field) that is pictured in the 18th century Rijeka County coat of arms as well as in the current coat of arms of the Coast and Gorski Kotar County, with the snow-capped mountain Platak behind it.  The name Cavle has a similar sound to the word for spike/nail, but whether this has to do with the spike mace in the coat of arms I am not sure. In any case, the sword and spiked mace are already shown in the 1786 quarter of the mentioned county coat of arms above the landscape of Grobnik, and no doubt these two are connected. Grobnik field is today most well know for a automotodrome.
The coat of arms is: Gules, a Spiked Mace and a Sabre in saltire both Argent hilted Or.
The Cavle web site I visited in 1997 (now on <>; this was one of the first community sites on-line that showed coat of arms, at least the one I found among the few with vexi-heraldical contents at the early
days) show the coat of arms as blazoned above, but Oatric [osg02] showes it slightly different - the mace is all golden.
There surely has to be flag to go with the coat of arms, but I have no info on it.
Zeljko Heimer, 5 July 2003

I received mail from Robert Grubisa from Rijeka informing me on the flag. Here is translation sumarized: Cavle- The flag is yellow with the coat of arms in the middle. The yellow is said to be dark one, similar to the one used in the coat of arms. Information based on flag hoisted in Cavle on the community building.
Zeljko Heimer, 9 July 2003

The decision for the Cavle flag was issued in the official gazette: Odluka o grbu i zastavi Opcine Cavle, 17.07.1997, Slu~bene novine }upanije primorsko-goranske, br. 16/97, 1. kolovoza 1997.
This clears up a mess regarding the colouring of the mace (kind of, read further), where it is clearly stated that both the sabre and the mace are silver and both with golden handles.
Rober Grubisa, our friend from Rijeka, sent me a photo of the flag hoisted in Cavle, matching the description. (Most unfortunately, the mace is just under a fold on the flag and not visible, but Robert saw it clearly.)
So, the image in Oatric [osg02] is definitely wrong in that regard.
Zeljko Heimer, 26 August 2003

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 26 August 2003