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Petrinja (Sisak-Moslavina County, Croatia)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 30 June 2004

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Petrinja is a city in Sisak-Moslavina County some 10 km SW of Sisak on confluence of Petrinjcica into Kupa, 13700 inh (2001). Probably most well know for its over 150 years old meat industry Gavrilovic (salami!). Early developed industry enabled the city to became important cultural center of the wider region. The city is mentioned in 1240 as important fort. Since 1531 to 1543 neverending battele was fought for Petrinja between Croats and Ottomans. Finally in 1543 after the decision of the Croatian Parliament, the defenders burth tehir city and retreated. Turks made their stronghold here, but already in 1593 in the huge battle at Sisak their power was diminished and Ottoman way to Europe was ended. In 18th century, Petrinja as one of the main cities in the Military Border is center of cultural life (military school, public schools, pedagogic academy). The city was separated from Croatia in Serb rebelion in early 1990's, and much destroyed. It was liberated in 1995.
It seems that the modern coat of arms is not yet adopted and two concurrent designs are more or less widely used, differing in the colouration of the field: Gules a Gates embatteled portculis rised Or with two round Towers Argent roofed Gules and in chief holding the towertops an Eagle displayed Sable crowned beaked and membered Or and langued Gules. The other version has the field "per pale gules and argent". Both versions are also reported being used on blue flag.
In the county official gazette (<>) one can find: Zakljucak o primanju na znanje Izvjeaca o grbu i zastavi Grada Petrinje, 19.07.2000, Slu~beni vjesnik br. 9/00 (Conclusion on reception of the Report on the coat of arms and the flag of the City of Petrinja).
The document only notes that the commity for the adoption of the symbols presented a report to the civic assemby and that the report was adopted. The details of the report are not published in the gazette. Anyhow, this is indicative that the process of the adopton of the symbols is still going on and is possibly reaching its final stage.
Attached image is slightly adapted from <> on 25.11.2002. The concurrent design one may see e.g. on the site of the Tourist Association of Petrinja <>.
Zeljko Heimer, 15 December 2002

The decision on the flag and the coat of arms was not yet reached, and as far as I was able to find out that issue has political background. However, recently (in 2003) it has been practice of showing an other design, that has, in my opinion, little chance to be approved by the Ministry: white flag with two rows of red and white cheques along both the top and bottom edge with the bicolour backgound coat of arms in the middle.
Zeljko Heimer, 30 June 2004

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 15 Decmber 2002

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