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Ilirska Bistrica (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Ilirska Bistrica]by Željko Heimer

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Presentation of Ilirska Bistrica

The attribute in the name of Ilirska Bistrica (14,461 inhabitants )was added in the Napoleonic period, when the city was in part of the Illyrian provinces, to distinguish it from several other places of the same name throughout the Slavic speaking parts of the Empire. After Napoléon's defeat, the name was shortly retained by the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Željko Heimer, 18 October 1999

Municipal flag of Ilirska Bistrica

According to the article Banderas municipales de Eslovenia, published in Banderas [ban] #58 (March 1996), the coat of arms and the flag are prescribed by a decision published in the local official gazette Primorske Novice on 4 October 1975, with effect on 18 September 1975.

The flag is light blue, with a white shield-shaped cartouche bearing the coat of arms and the name of municipality in blue letters.

Željko Heimer, 18 October 1999

Coat of arms of Ilirska Bistrica

[Coat of arms of Ilirska Bistrica]by Željko Heimer

The ship shown on the blue shield of Ilirska Bistrica is a liburna of the Illyrians, an ancient people who settled the area and were famous for their ships still around the time of Marc Anthony. The coat of arms is the same as the coat of arms of the Illyrian Provinces formed in Napoleonic times and shortly afterwards retained in the Hapsburg system as the Kingdom of Illyria. The coat of arms was first adopted as the coat of arms of Ilirska Bistrica in 1872 after a lengthly dispute over it with the Imperial office in Vienna. Since it has been used until today in various artistical renditions. In the early 1930s the Italian governor added the word Grepenna on a ribbon below the shield.

Željko Heimer & Vojko Celigoj, 24 October 2002

Vertical flag of Ilirska Bistrica

[Vertical flag of Illirska Bistrica]by Željko Heimer