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by Zeljko Heimer, 29 October 2003
Adopted: 16 November 1993. The Coat of Arms pictures the vestry church of All Saints, and infront of it St. Peter (holding a book and a key) and St. Paul (with a book and a sword).
Source: The Republic of Croatia Ministry of Administration Decision, 16 November 1993 (Klasa: UP/I-017-02/93-01/03, URBROJ: 515-04-03/1-93-2).
Djakovo (i.e. Šakovo) is a ciyt with about 30,000 inhabitants in the entire area, and some 20,000 in the urban settlement itself. It is some 35 km southeast of Osjiek. It is the seat of the diocese of Djakovo and Srijem which inherits the diocese of Bosnia after the Turkish conquest in 14th century. The city itslef is first mentioned in 13th century, and in 1349 the seat of Bosnian diocese is moved there. Yet it was conquered by Turks in 16th century and liberated only in the end of 17th century (when most of the city was burnt down). From the Turkish time is preserved the Hadjipasha mosque, after the liberation rearranged into the parish church of All Saints (though the mosque is still clearly observable in style, one of the rare such buildings in Catholic Europe). In 19th century the baroque fasade was added to it. This is the facade shown on the Coat of Arms.
The purpore stripe in the flag, no doubt, refers to the bishops whoc built the city. The break of the rule of the monocoloured flags for cities must be due to the fact that the Ministry of Administration granted the approval for its use already in 1993, i.e. before October 1994 when the rules for monocoloured flags was established.
Zeljko Heimer, 29 October 2003
by Zeljko Heimer