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Punat (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

Opc'ina Punat

Last modified: 2003-09-06 by dov gutterman
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Coat of Arms
by Zeljko Heimer, 20 July 2003

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Punat is a community south of the city of Krk on the island of the same name. It has about 1800 inhabitants. Punat is bult around a big natural bay with a tiny entrance thus providing for an excelently guarded port. On an ilet in the middle of the bay there is a monastery that maintained the Croatian scolarship in long years since it establishent in 9th century.
The coat of arms adopted around 1995 is probably based on a historical seal or coat of arms. Anyway, it is: Azure Archangel Michael, armoured or, clead white and caped gules holding in his dexter an erect sword proper and in his sinister scales also or, standing on two peninsulas vert issuant from flanks and between those a sailboat argent. The coat of arms thus pictures the entrance to the Punat bay protected by St. Michael. The flag is unknow to me yet, but surely there exist one.
Source: [osg02] Oštric Goroslav: Monumenta heraldica, izbor iz heraldicke baštine primorsko-goranske županije, Pomorski i povijesni muzej Hrvatskog primorja Rijeke, 2002.
Zeljko Heimer, 20 July 2003

In all the official gazettes issued until now (early August 2003) Punat did not publish any symbol realted document in them. It seems odd, since Punat does have a historical coat of arms, and I got reports that the historical coat of arms is used, in modernized artistic form just as I have posted recently (no photos, though, but I have little doubt in the reprorts).
Possibly there is some problem with a flag - I have no report on the flag usage - maybe Punat wanted multycoloured flag while Ministry insists on monocoloured (pure speculation though).
Zeljko Heimer, 2 September 2003