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by Zeljko Heimer, 4 October 2003
Biograd na moru (meanig Biograd on the sea/by the sea) is a city in Zadar County some 20 km south of Zadar. The attribute "on the sea" is to differenciate from Beograd, capital of Serbia (linguistically the two are the same names, of course), but also from much smaller Biograd near Nevesinje in B&H (eastern Herzegovina).
The rest is summarised from the site Grad Biograd na moru <www.biograd.org>:
The first, old Venetian coat of arms of Biograd is recorded from 1574. The new coat of arms was designed by one Simicic from Zadar after an idea of `imo Ljubic (1822-1896), a known historian. This coat of arms is still in use. It is quartered, first and fourth on a chequy gules and azure, an Old Croatian crown or, and second and third, azure on a base vert a tower or with gates sable.
Originally, the shield was crowned as a symbol of royal and coronation city and was inscribed "Insigni civitatis Albae maris Biograd" ("Arms of White City at Sea Biograd"). During the socialism the crown was replaced with a red five-pointed star, that was removed in early 1990's.
The flag is not mentioned, nor have I noticed any city flag in use in Biograd in several last years I visited it (but there was the county flag hoisted on the county administration building there).
The road signs and some other places where the Coat of Armsis displayed, display it on a multistriped light-blue and white stripes. It may be that this is the wanted patter for the flag, but of course, the Ministry prescribes the monocoloured one - so possibly the final decision was not yet reached.
Zeljko Heimer, 2 October 2003
Just a few days ago Tomislav `ipek reported the flag he saw in Biograd this summer - light blue with coat of arms in the middle bordered golden-yellow. As I reported there was no city flag hoisted in Biograd previous years. I'd guess that they finally got the approval from the Ministry of Justice and Adminstration.
Zeljko Heimer, 4 October 2003
by Zeljko Heimer, 2 October 2003