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Omisalj (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

Opc'ina Omiaalj

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by Zeljko Heimer, 2 September 2003

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Omiaalj is a communiyl around a small coastal town in northern part of Krk Island with 2700 inhabitants. The Rijeka airport on Krk, the oil and gas terminal port and a oil rafinery are garants of the community future, but tourism is not underdeveloped either. The Coat of Arms adopted around 1995 is Gules, a tower embatteled argent issuant from a base azure and in chief a mullet or. The flag is white with the coat of arms in the middle.
Source: [osg02] Oatric Goroslav: Monumenta heraldica, izbor iz heraldicke baatine primorsko-goranske ~upanije, Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeke, 2002. Flag information Robert Grubisa, Rijeka, 06.07.2003. based on flags observed in use in Omiaalj.
Zeljko Heimer, 20 July 2003

The decision was adopted in May 1995: Odluka o grbu i zastavi Opcine Omiaalj, 04.05.1995, Slu~bene novine }upanije primorsko-goranske, br. 9/95, 8. svibnja 1995.
The flag is white with the coat of arms bordered golden in the middle.
The ceremonial flag is not prescribed, but a table flag is in use that might be representative of what the ceremonial flag might look like. The photo of the table flag was sent to me by Rober grubisa some weeks ago. It is vertically hoisted, white bordered golden, with the coat of arms on a golden cartouche and a ribbom below bearing the name of the community OPCINA OMI`ALJ and an other ribbon above written Omiaalj in Glagolitic characters. As we already know the island Krk, on which Omiaalj is, was the important center of the Croatian Glagolitic litteracy.
On a side note - the Glagolitic letters are nowdays not known (readable) by the general population in Croatia, even if there is a number of people that maintains the tradition. They are rarely used, in specially solemn occasions, usually for short inscriptions (epitaphs and like on monuments etc.) Their use on the ceremonial flag is indeed quite appropriate - the ceremonial flag is supposed to be the most solemn symbol of a local community.
Zeljko Heimer, 2 September 2003

Ceremonial Flag

by Zeljko Heimer, 2 September 2003

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 20 July 2003