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Coat of Arms
by Zeljko Heimer, 10 Febuary 2004
Sveta Marija is a community 10 km east of prelog and some 30 km east of Cakovec along the Drava river. The main settlement of the same name has abour 1,800 inhabitants and the surrounding villages might have a few hunderds more. The community seceeded in 1997 from the Kotoriba community.
The coat of arms of Sveta Marija is designed by local artist Franjo Mustac, around 1998 (my estimation): per fess fringed argent azure a crown or bordered argent and vert a fleur de lis argent.
This design was not confirmed by the Ministry of Administration and the community is in the process of obtaining a new one. However, the designs they were provided by Heraldik art d.o.o. of Rijeka were not satisfactiry to the community assembly, and they decided to call upon the designed of the abovementioned coat of arms to obtain from him a similar design that might be acceptable to the Ministry. The coat of arms is shown on the road signs at the entrances in the community that one that I have seen and photographed is missing the fleur de lis. It is either a variant of it was simply lost...
Currently no flag is adopted.
The fleur de lis as well as the crown refer to the patron and namesake of the community, St. Mary.
Sources: Roadsign at the entrance to the community, my photo 26.05.2002. "Sveta Marija: Najbolji - stari grb", Medimurje, br. 2518, 29.07.2003. <www.medjimurje.com>. "31. sjednica opcinskog vijeca Sveta Marija", 01.08.2003. Opcina Sveta Marija, <www.svetamarija.hr>.
Zeljko Heimer, 10 Febuary 2004