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Motovun (Istria, Croatia)

Opc'ina Motovun, Montona

Last modified: 2008-07-05 by dov gutterman
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Motovun (in Italian: Montona) is an ancient town on a hill overlooking the Mirna river valley. Motovun is quite well known tourist destination for its exceptional pitorequeness as well as recently stated film festival. Population 2,500, but only some 600 in the old town on the hill.  
Motovun has a histocial coat of arms that was recently artistically mathced the period. However both I and Tomsialv found it only on small examples - for me too hard to make much out of it, except for the description. Anyone at this time blazon only: azure a five-towered massoned citty argent with gates or on a tripple mount vert with a rose gules.
Oddly (I say oddly, since the tourism is so important to this town) the flag is not yet reported...
}eljko Heimer, 2 January 2005

Motovun is quite an important tourist place with many international events which makes it strange that not single info on the flag is available until now - suggesting that the flag might not be in use
However, the designer's Heraldic Art site brings us the drawing of the ceremonial flag of Motovun. Atypically the ceremonial flag is bicolour and does not include the inscription of the name of the community. The name might have been avoided so not to include bilingual inscriptions in this officially bilingual community. The bicolour backgrounds is not so easily explained, but the ceremonial flag need not to follow the government prescriptions on single colour background (only the "official" i.e. normal fags are covered with those regulations). The oak branches, no doubt represent the Motovun forest, surrounding the city on a steep hill, in the valley of the river Mirna, that is renown on the truffles growing there - under earth growing mushrooms highly prized as gastronomic spices. The roses in the tails are, no doubt inspired by the rose in the coat of arms.
The coat of arms may be blazoned so: azure a five-towered masoned city argent with gates or on a triple mount vert with a rose gules.
}eljko Heimer, 27 October 2007

Ceremonial Flag

image by }eljko Heimer, 27 October 2007

Coat of Arms

image by }eljko Heimer, 27 October 2007