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Kneginec Gornji (Varazdin, Croatia)

Opc'ina Kneginec Gornji

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by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2004

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On the official web site of the County of Varaždin, <>, some communities are represented with their coats of arms, presumably those who have adopted them as yet.
Gornji Kneginec - Gules on a Mount Vert a Tower embatteled Argent with a barred Window Sable from that is issuing a Hand properholding Scales Or, in chief a Crown Or and overall a wreath dexter three Mais Ears Or and sinister a Vine Branch Or. An unusual one, there must be an interesting story behind it, alas I don't know it (yet).
Population: 5,000 (Zemljopisni atlas Republike Hrvatske", Školska knjiga, Zagreb 1993).
Zeljko Heimer, 15 Febuary 2003

As Tomsilav Sipek noticed, the Večernji list (Zagreb daily newspaper) issued a story today in the regional issue for norhern Croatia a story on the adoption of the new symbols for the community of Kneginec Gornji. See <>.
The adopted symbols are besed on the previous more complicated symbols. The overcomplicated coats of arms was symplified in lines with the heraldic practice introduced in the last decade in Croatia. The flag is (dark) blue with the coats of arms in the middle.
Also, on the community web site there is the story on the new symbols (from some days ago when they were only final proposals): <>.
This story confirms that there in fact was a previous flag of the community (and that it was not a monocoloured flag) together with the coats of arms that I reported. The community find out an appropriate way what to do with the old symbols - they have given them to use for the local folklore society that shall continue to use them and thuse preserve in a lively way a bit of the history.
Zeljko Heimer, 21 July 2004

The coat of arms of Gornji Kneginec adopted on 20th July 2004 is azure scales or and in chief two crowns also or. The flag is dark blue with the yellow bordered coat of arms in the middle. The symbols refer to the events of 11th centrury when Emerick inherited the Croato-Hungarian throne. He was in a feud with his brother Andrew, known as Herzog Andrew II Arpad. After a battle in which Emerick was victorious he locked up Andrew in the Kneginec tower in 1204. However, soon Emerick died, but before that he crowned his young son Ladislas, releasing Andrew to be his guardian and regent. The scales as a symbol of Kneginec was granted by Andrew as a symbol of justice for the people who cared and helped him during his imprisonment. The two crowns refer to the two royal brothers. The recently adopted symbols are simplification of the previously unofficially used coat of arms.
Source: Željko Pavlek: "Općina Kneginec Gornji dobila novi grb i zastavu - Simbol pravde Andrije II. Arpadovića", Večernji list, 21.07.2004 Info Miroslav Bubnjarić, Općina Kneginec Gornji, <>, 11.08.2004.
Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2004

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 19 August 2004

Previous Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 15 Febuary 2003

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