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Opatija (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003



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Overview

The coat of arms of Opatija pictures a white seagull with red beak and claws standing on top of a white tower on a cliff in blue field with blue and white waves in base. All is bordered in gold and with a golden ribbon bearing the city name in black below. The flag is reportedly blue with coat of arms in the middle, but is not fully confirmed. Adopted: around 1995 (?).
Source: City of Opatija ad in Globus, no. 354, 19. Septebmer 1997.
Zeljko Heimer

Oatric Goroslav [osg02], confirms the design of the coat of arms (without the ribbon! Ribbon would be used in "ceremonial form").
Zeljko Heimer, 29 June 2003

The city of Opatija has somewhat more complicated flag history. Luckily this is very well documented in the official gazette, even with images, that is not so common for this County. Let's see the decisions:
- Odluka o osnivanju i imenovanju clanova Komisije za prijedlog izgleda grba i zastave Grada Opatije, 28.10.1993, Slu~bene novine }upanije primorsko-goranske, br. 13/93, 08.11.1993.
- Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Opatije, 03.08.1995, Slu~bene novine }upanije primorsko-goranske, br. 16/96, 04.08.1995.
- Ispravak Odluke o grbu i zastavi Grada Opatije, Slu~bene novine }upanije primorsko-goranske, br. 19/96, 18.09.1995.
- Odluka izmjeni Odluke o grbu i zastavi Grada Opatije, 23.11.1995, Slu~bene novine }upanije primorsko-goranske, br. 24/96, 01.12.1995.
- Zakljucak o davanju odobrenja za uporabu grb Grada Opatije, 12.02.1998, Slu~bene novine Primorsko-goranske ~upanije, br. 3/98, 23.02.1998.
- Zakljucak o davanju odobrenja za uporabu grb Grada Opatije, 16.07.1998, Slu~bene novine Primorsko-goranske ~upanije, br. 15/98, 27.07.1998.
- Odluka izmjeni Odluke o grbu i zastavi Grada Opatije, 06.04.2000, Slu~bene novine Primorsko-goranske ~upanije, br. 7/00, 17.04.2000.

The first decision establishes a six-members comission for the determination of the proposal for the flag and the coat of arms.
The decision adopted on 3 August 1995 adopts the symbols that are slightly different from those used today - namely the bird above the tower was an eagle with its head turned towards dexter. The flags was adopted blue (color is named "atlas dark blue") with coat of arms in the middle, and the ceremonial flag with the name of the city inscribed above and with laurel and oak ornaments in the tails. It may be noted the slightly different artistical redention of the city name then it is usual on other ceremonial flags, but I do not believe that there is any special significance in that.
The act from September 1995 is correction of the text of the previous decision, that in fact add only images of the coat of arms, the flag and the ceremonial flag. This is especially useful to us, as it contains three full pages of images, one per page.
Then already in September 1995, the amendments to the design of the coat of arms were made, actaully only in one details - the dexter looking eagle atop the tower is changed to a sinister looking sea-gull. So, the current flag is those adopted 21.11.1995. I suspect that the change was made after a suggestion from the Ministry of Adminstration. (see: Symbols of 1995).
The two decisions from 1998 are permitions for use of the coat of arms to various organizations operating in the city - the organization of the veterans, the fire fighters and union of Italians. Eventual flags of these organizations are not mentioned, but all three might have some.
The amendments to the decision on the coat of arms and the flag of year 2000 change the preceidure for granting permition for use of the symbols, probably after they found out that the previous proceidure was way to complicated and conservative (and costly - it costs to the print  decisions in the official gazette, I understand). It was changed after just few months to current pattern.
Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003


Ceremonial Flag


by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003


Coat of Arms


by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003


Symbols of 1995

The Flag


by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003

The Ceremonial Flag


by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003

Coat of Arms


by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003


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