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Gradina (Virovitica-Podravina, Croatia)

Opc'ina Gradina

Last modified: 2005-05-28 by dov gutterman
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by Željko Heimer, 26 April 2005

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Gradina is a community in Virovitica-Podravina County with over 5 000 inhabitants (main vilage of the same name has just over 1000) about 10 km north-east of Virovitica. (BTW, Gradina is not uncommon name of setlemments in the wider region, though the only one other of importance is village near Porec in Istria, but this is the only one being a community). Gradina is of lately become a center of Marian worship.
The "Coat of Arms" is shown on the web site of Gradina <>. It is a logo that pictures on a green shield a church on a red hill, to its right a Marian cypher and to the left a corn ear and in chief a wavy line, in the base there is a white disk with an oak leaf. As the original is rather small, my image is an extrapolation, so all the precautions of an extrapolation are due.
On the web site there is a photo of the center of Gradina, where a large lampost is decorated with four flags - two of them are the flags of Croatia, the one closest to the camera is that of the county and the one furtherst away would then be the flag of Gradina. It is not easy to tell, but it seems that it is a white flag with the "Coat of Arms" in the middle. The photo is not clear enough for me to dare to draw an image.
I am fairly convinced that the Ministry of Justice and Administration did not approve this coat of arms, so thses would be used de facto.
Željko Heimer, 9 September 2003

Tomsilav Šipek confirmed what I was suspecting seing the real flag on an occasion.
Željko Heimer, 17 November 2004

The flag in the County Assembly Hall confirms again that it is the white flag with the Coat of Arms used for Gradina, though it is not yet approved by the central authorities (and shall hardly be so in this shape, I guess). However, the Coat of Arms on the flag there differs slightly from the one that was shown on the community web site. The only significant difference is omitted the Marian cipher - other differences are due to my interpretation of small details of the original and could be ignored. I can't explain why the flag in Virovitica would not have the cipher, possibly it was an atempt to make the flag more "pleasing" to the central authorities so they would approve it, or it is simply a variation as unofficial as any other.
Željko Heimer, 26 April 2005

Coat of Arms

by Željko Heimer, 26 April 2005