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Vrbovsko (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 6 July 2003

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Vrbovsko is a city of some 8000 inhabitants some 80 km east of Rijeka, on the road Zagreb-Rijeka in a valley of Dobra river in the mountainious region of Gorski Kotar. It was granted civic status and the coat of arms at the same time in 1785 by Emperor Joseph II. The grant of arms includes the rich painting of the CoA within a circular annulet and baroque landscape sceene, but the main part of the CoA stays the same as today: per fess or an eagle displayed sable beaked, lagued and membered gules and azure a bridge between two clifs argent
The modernized CoA was adopted in mid 1990's. Flag must have been adopted at the same time, too, but I have no info at this moment. In the administrative refore of 1992/93 Vrbovsko was made a community, but in 1997 was upgraded to city status
Source: [osg02] Oatric Goroslav: Monumenta heraldica, izbor iz heraldicke baatine primorsko-goranske ~upanije, Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeke, 2002.
Zeljko Heimer, 30 June 2003

I received mail from Robert Grubisa from Rijeka informing me on the flag. Here is translation sumarized:
The flag is dark green with the coat of arms in the middle. Information based on an article in Novi List newspapers.
Zeljko Heimer, 6 July 2003

Four decision regrading symbols were issued in the official gazette:
- Odluka o raspisivanju natjecaja za izradu idejnog rjeaenja grba i zastave Grada Vrbovskog, 12.12.1997, Slu~bene novine Primorsko-goranske ~upanije, br. 29/97, 29.12.1997.
- Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Vrbovskog, Slu~bene novine Primorsko- goranske ~upanije, br. 16/98, (missing text!)
- Odluka o izmjeni Odluke o grbu i zastavi Grada Vrbovskog, 30.11.1998, Slu~bene novine Primorsko-goranske ~upanije, br. 25/98, 08.12.1998.
- Odluka o dozvoli uporabe grba Grada Vrbovskog, 16.07.1999, Slu~bene novine Primorsko-goranske ~upanije, br. 18/99, 06.08.1999.
The first one is decision to publish a concourse for the design of the Coat of Arms and flag.
The second decision adopts the coa and the flag - but I miss the text of it, so I don't know what exactly it say. From the subsequent amendments I can conclude that the Coat of Arms adopted at first was somehow different from the one that is currently in use (possibility: maybe they wanted to get rid of the "Austrian" eagle?). It is probably that the green flag with the Coat of Arms was already adopted, and since textually nothing is amended afterwards - it must have been the same (i.e. only with different Coat of Arms). It may, and then it may not be that the decision refers to the ceremonial flag as well.
The amendments of 30.11.1998 finally adopt the current Coat of Arms, based entirely on the 1785 original. The flag is amended accordingly (but no mention to flag in the amendments).
The 1999 decision grants permition for use of the Coat of Arms for the local brass orchestra and mojorette group. Possibly they use it on flags too.
Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2003

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 30 June 2003

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