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Veliki Grdjevac (Bjelovar-Bilogora, Croatia)

Opc'ina Veliki Grševac

Last modified: 2005-10-22 by dov gutterman
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image by Željko Heimer, 10 June 2005

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Tomislav Šipekhas discovered another Croatian municipal flag at <> (photo at <>). Veliki Grševac (Veliki Grdjevac) is a community in the Bjelovar- Bilogora County, population 4,500, some 1,500 in the village of the same name. It is located about 20 km southeast of Bjelovar. The place is probably most well known as the birth place of one of the greatest Croatian writers for childern and youth Mato Lovrak. He was also briefly a teacher in the lcoal school. The coat of arms of Veliki Grdevac is: azure a marten or (At least I think it is a marten, but maybe it is an other animal?) holding in its mouth a fish argent standing on a mill wheel of the last. The mill wheel may probably be explained also with help of Mato Lovrak - namely in one of his most sucsessful books ("Družba Pere Kvržice") a mill plays an important role. The community actually restores some old mill, now named after the book. The flag is light blue with the coat of arms in the middle. It is not clear from the photo if the coat of arms is indeed bordered golden, but I have put it there according to "my feeling" to be proved right or wrong at some latter time.
Željko Heimer, 10 June 2005

Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 10 June 2005

Previous Coat of Arms

image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2005

The coat of arms previosuly used by Veliki Grševac is composed of the Croatian chequy fields, a red field with two corn ears and two oak leaves and the blue filed with the caste on a green hill between two godlen stars and two golden bars inscribed GORDOWA, the old name of the town. In the middle is a green shiled with initials VG.
There has probably not been a flag prescribed to go with it, but it might have been put on some unofficial flags by the municipal authorities nevertheless.
Željko Heimer, 11 June 2005