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Draganic (Karlovac, Croatia)

Opc'ina Draganic'

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by }eljko Heimer, 27 February 2005



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Overview

Draganic [Draganic'] - Community in "Karlovacka zupanija", until 1993 was part of the Karlovac community, but with the new administartive division of Croatia it (re)gains the status of community. They claim (on road signs in the community) that the community was first established in 1249. Until 1997 the official name was in plural form "Draganici" [again c with acute].
The coat of arms is blue with a curious charge or in the middle surrounded by a downponting traingle of the same, an other misterious charge (snowflake?) argent in dexter and a crescent of the last in sinster. The photo I have made is particularly unclear at the point where the "snowflake" is, and it might be that it is actually an ordinarly mullet, something that is much more expected here, but it seems in that case that at least there are "perls" at the top of each point.
I have not seen a flag used in the community, but one could easily expect that the rule is followed, and the monocoloured flag is defaced with the coat of arms in the middle. I'd bet that the colour used is blue, that seems to be the most popular colour of the local Croatian flags. However, until some further evidence, here is only the image of the coat of arms, based on the photo of the road sign set in the entrance to the community from Karlovac on the "Old Karlovac" road (road from Zagreb to Karlovac built before the highway) photographed on 26 June 2000.
}eljko Heimer, 26 August 2000

As visible on the county site <www.karlovacka-zupanija.hr>, the coat of arms was recetnly graphically modernized. The flag might have been adopted at the same time probably, however, I have no info on it yet.
}eljko Heimer, 7 January 2005

I contacted the community and they sent me an article by the designer of the modern symbol where he explains its history: Stjepan Bahoric: "U potrazi za dokazima opstojnosti", (unknown undated source) This also adds info on the flag.   The coat of arms of Draganic was modernized garphically recently. It is: azure a base of a seat or between a sixpointed rosette argent and a crescent increscent of the same. The coat of arms appears already in a seal of a noble community of Draganic of 1519, and can be afterwards traced in a number of documents throughout of the history. The seat is a symbol of a site of decision making of a community of free citizens. The triangular shape stands for the divine providence. The modern flag is red with the coat of arms in the middle. This variant of the coat of arms used before ca. 1995 is based on the versions used in 19th century and especially from Laaovski's collection of 1932 (Kava Hag).
}eljko Heimer, 27 February 2005


Coat of Arms


modernized version
by }eljko Heimer, 7 January 2005


previous version
by }eljko Heimer, 26 August 2000


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