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Postojna (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Postojna]by Željko Heimer

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Presentation of Postojna

Postojna had the municipality status before the 1990s.

Željko Heimer, 24 January 2000

Municipal flag of Postojna

The flag and arms of Postojna are prescribed by decision Odlok o simbolih občine Postojna, published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 18/1993.
Extracts of this decision are available on the municipal website of Postojna (flag and coat of arms).

The flag is described as follows:

The flag is white, bordered with red rectangle triangles. On the flag is the emblem of the municipality.

The flag is in proportion 1:2 with 6 x 12 full "white teeth" and the coat of arms offset apparently 1/6 of the hoist from the center.

Željko Heimer, 8 March 2004

Coat of arms of Postojna

[Coat of arms of Postojna]by Željko Heimer

The coat of arms of Postojna has been in use at least since the 1980s. It is made of a shield divided per fess azure and gules, overall an eagle displayed argent, in base per chevron embowed argent a proteus proper. Bordered or and crowned with mural corwn or.
Proteus or olm (Proteus anguinus; in German, Grottenolm) is an endemic spieces of Amphibians (in Slovenian, it is literally called "human fish") living in everlasting darkness of karst caves. It is the symbol of a huge cave system that has opening in Postojna. Its proper color is very light pinkish, but usually it is shown on coat of arms in golden-orange.

In the aforementioned decision, the coat of arms is described not as such, but is named "emblem" or "symbol" (znak), and the entire paragraph reads:

The emblem of the municipality is the simplified coat of arms. It is shield-shaped, divided into three coloured fields. The shape of the eagle, the crown with three windows (sic) and the proteus are simplified. The ornamental border of the shield is omitted.
The coat of arms refered here is, undoubtly, the one granted to the city in 1909.

Željko Heimer, 8 March 2004

Historical coat of arms of Postojna

[Historical arms of Postojna]from the Postojna municipal website

The municipal arms of Postojna were granted by Emperor Franz Joseph I on 9 May 1909. At the same time the town of Postojna was given its civic status.
Those arms are nearly the same as the modern ones. The coat of arms of Postojna is blazoned in the original grant (in Slovenian, my translation) as:

Per fess azure and gules, overall an eagle displayed argent beaked and membered or and langued gules, in base per chevron embowed argent a Proteus proper, bordered with a bronze ornament and crowned with a silver mural crown with five visible embattlements

In the modern rendition the shield is bordered or and crowned with a simplified mural crown.

Željko Heimer, 23 September 2002

Vertical flag of Postojna

[Flag of Postojna]by Željko Heimer

The vertical flag of Postojna is shorter, lacking the borders along the top, in ratio 6 x 9.5 white triangles (ie. 12:19), with the coat of arms in the middle.

Željko Heimer, 22 April 2004