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Pula (Istria County, Croatia)

Pula, Pola

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by Zeljko Heimer



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Pula (Pola, all these units have official names in Italian too) has vert a cross or shield of "nordic" type, the flag being banner-of-arms similar to discoloured Swedish flag. This is in opposition to the regulations that the flag should be of one colour with Coat of Arms in the middle.I do not know what is official status of that flag regarding to these regulations, but it is most certainly extensivly used in the city (including public buildings and local administration). After World War II the coat of arms of Pula with the cross was abandoned, and in its place it was used a blue shield with a white representation of the Arena of Pula. There are no data on a flag used in the preiod. In mid-1990's the historical arms of Pula was reintroduced.
Zeljko Heimer, 1 March 1999

While it is not the capital of the Istria County, the city of Pula is the largest city and the urban center, situated at the souther tip of the Istrian peninsula. It has just under 63,000 inhabitants, most of whom live in the city itself. The city was setteled since the Roman times, that is more then obvious by the huge well preserved Arena dominating the city landscape. In modern times it begin it grow in importance since the Austria begins using the port for naval purposes, and the shipbuilding and military-related industry was started there in the 18th century.
The flag and the Coat of Arms currently in use are vert a cross or, and the green flag with yellow "Scandinavian" cross. I still have no data on the officiality of these emblems, i.e. weather they have approval by the Ministry, but they are still widely used. I believe that they are based on the histrocial Coat of Arms and the hsitorical flag, but I have no firm data what flags and Coat of Arms were used during the Austrian rule until the end of the World War and the Italian rule between the two World Wars. Maybe our Italian colegues might have something for the latter...
In any case, I have acquired good images of Previous Symbols - the flag and Coat of Arms used after the WWII, scanned from a Tourist guide of Pula issued in 1988 (that I remember seing around this time myself, but I was not remembering enough to be able to draw them without the help).
The coat of arms was a blue shield with a white representation of the Arena, waves in the base and a red fivepointed star in upper sinister corner. The flag was blue with the coat of arms in the middle.
I believe that the would have been adopted in late 1960's or early 1970's, and they are abandoned in early 1990's. A half a dozen of stone carved Coat of Arms of this period (together with some older) that were standing before mostly above the entrances in the public buildings, are preserved in the museum in Pula in the fort atop a hill in the middle of the city.
Zeljko Heimer, 22 Febuary 2004


Coat of Arms


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Previous Symbols

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by Zeljko Heimer, 22 Febuary 2004

Coat of Arms


by Zeljko Heimer, 22 Febuary 2004


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