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Idrija (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Idrija]by Željko Heimer

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Presentation of Idrija

Idrija (11,979 inhabitants) is a city located in the Goriška (Mountainous) region of Slovenia, with the second oldest mercury mine in Europe and traditional lace production.

Željko Heimer, 9 August 2002

Municipal flag of Idrija

According to Banderas municipales de Eslovenia, published in Banderas [ban] #58 (March 1996), it seems that Idrija adopted a flag and coat of arms (based on some older coat of arms) on 13 July 1979. These flag and arms are prescribed by a decision published in the offical gazette of the Socialist Republic of Slovenia Uradni list SRS 22/1979, 13 July 1979.

More recent municipal statutes (Statut Občine Idrija, adopted on 21 June 1995, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 50/95; Statut Občine Idrija, adopted on 14 December 2000, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 1/2000, prescribe the coat of arms and flags, most probably reiterating the 1979 decision.

The statutes provide that a further decision with details on the layout and usage of the coat of arms and the flag shall be made.

The flag is horizontally divided red-yellow-white, with an overall ratio 1:2. The flag colours are described as "cinober red over golden yellow over quicksilver white".

Željko Heimer, 9 August 2002

Coat of arms of Idrija

[Coat of arms of Idrija]by Željko Heimer

The aforementioned article in Banderas reports that between the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries the city of Idrija used arms blazoned as:

Per pale azure a fess argent and or alchemical symbol for mercury argent.

More recently, maybe in the late XIXth century, the city adopted a new coat of arms showing the Roman god Mercury on a silver shield. Mercury is portrayed running with wings on heels and a winged helmet and holding a golden caduceus. He is wearing a green tunic and a red mantle.

Banderas mentions a mural crown above the shield, but the 1995 and 2000 statutes do not mention it.

Željko Heimer, 9 August 2002