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Knin (Sibenik-Knin, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 22 July 2004

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Knin is a city in the `ibenik-Knin County situated in the hinterland some 60 km northeast of `ibenik. The city florished during the reign of the king Dmitar Zvonimir in 10th cenutury, so it is often nick-named poetically the City of Zvonimir (Zvonimirov grad, just like `ibenik is then named Kreaimirov grad). The city is important corssroad and railroad junction. In the newer history it became infamous as the capital of the self-proclaimed Republic of Serbian Krajina, liberated in August 1995.
Knin was a community in Zadar-Knin County (}upanija Zadarsko-kninska), until 1997 when it gained status of a city and included in the (since then called) `ibenik-Knin County. Before 1997 Knin was also capital of a kotar (district) of the same name including several other communities, but this organization never functioned properly as the area was occupied, and Knin was de facto capital of the Serb state formed from the parts secessioned of Croatia (in fact, it was capital de jure according to the laws of Serb Krayina, but those laws were not recognized in Croatia).
The coat of arms of Knin is based on the historical pattern, though am not sure when that dates from and who exactly it looked like. During the last decades of the socialism (i.e. in 1980's) it used a Coat of Arms showing the Paschal lamb passant in a blue shield on green base, but devoided of any religious emblems (so, no flag carried on the staff and no halo), but yet retaining the characteristic position of the lamb.As such was alo being shown in early 1990's (on posters and like). I am not aware of any flag that went with it.
Sometime after 1995 (I estimate 1998, but could be as late as 2002) the new modern artwork from the workshop of Rijeka company Heraldik-art d.o.o. was adopted, as could be seen on the official site Grad Knin: slu~bene stranice <> (01.07.2003) and on photos of the flags used sent ot me by Tomislav `ipek, 10.07.2003.
The Coat of Arms of Knin is: Azure a lamb passant argent holding a cross-staff or an in the canton Zvonimir's crown or with stones gules. It is basical the same crown as shown in the Coat of Arms of the County.
The flag is red with yellow bordered coat of arms in the middle.
I have no doubt that there is also a ceremonial flag, but at the moment no info.
Zeljko Heimer, 22 July 2004

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 22 July 2004

Previous Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 22 July 2004

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