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Piran (Municipality, Slovenia)


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[Flag of Piran]by Zeljko Heimer

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Presentation of the municipality

Pirano is the name of Piran in Italian, the second official language of the municipality.

Zeljko Heimer, 24 January 2000

Description of the flag

The flag and coat of arms of Piran are prescribed in the municipal statutes, available on the municipal website.

The flag is rectangular in ratio 1:2, horizontally divided red over blue bicolour with the coat of arms set near the hoist in the middle of the red stripe. On photographies of this flag taken by Doug Julien in August 2002, the coat of arms is much closer to the hoist than officially prescribed.

Zeljko Heimer, 19 September 2002

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Piran]by Zeljko Heimer

The municipality has been using a shield with a cross as its coat of arms since the Middle Ages as can be seen from stonecarved coats of arms in several places in Piran. The modern representation shows the blue shield with a white fimbriated red cross, the cross being "embowed", i.e. made of two curved bars. The coat of arms is sometimes seen with a ribbon encircling it all around except the bottom, which is crowned with a "civic" crown. However, it is in wide use in the municipality, as can be seen on road signs in Piran, and several websites.
In the description of the coat of arms in the aforementioned statutes, the white ornament around the shield is not mentioned.

The coat of arms was designed by Sabina Dez<an, a visual communication designer from Ljubljana.

I believe that the curved crossbars are result of a misinterpretation of the oval shapes shields often used in Italian heraldry, which were often pictured as "convex" and three-dimensional, and therefore the cross drawing on such shield would appear to have curved bars due to perspective. "Flattening" of such a picture in modern time would result in a "classic" triangular shield with an oddly embowed cross.

Zeljko Heimer, 14 September 2003

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag of Piran]by Zeljko Heimer

On photographies of this flag taken by Doug Julien in August 2002, the vertical flag hoisted on the main square of Piran is much longer then 1:2.

Zeljko Heimer, 19 September 2002