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Brežice (Municipality, Slovenia)

Last modified: 2006-05-06 by ivan sache
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Municipal flag of Brežice, with or without the logotype - Images by Željko Heimer, 1 January 2006

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Presentation of Brežice

Brežice is a community on the Croatian border, located on the main road to Zagreb.

Željko Heimer, 24 September 1999

Municipal flag of Brežice

The flag and arms of Brežice are prescribed by Decision Odlok o simbolih Občine Brežice, adopted on 3 February 1997. This Decision supersedes the 1991 decision on the coat of arms, repeating it regarding the coat of arms in great detail.

[Emblem of Brezice]

Municipal emblem of Brežice - Image by Željko Heimer, 1 January 2006

Unlike most other municipal flags of Slovenia, the flag of Brežice does not bear the municipal coat of arms but the municipal emblem. This emblem pictures the city water tower, one of the two such buildings preserved in Slovenia, and wavy lines. The emblem is coloured in blue, yellow and green. Below the emblem is the logotype OBČINE BREŽICE. The emblem and the logotype are copyrighted and registered trademarks.

The Decision explicitely prescribes the proportions of the flag as 1:3, but the flag pictured in the Appendix to the Decision is 2:5. A version without the writing is also prescribed, as well as variations in the colour of the flag: basically, the flag colour is white, but need not be. However, the other variants are prescribed in a vague manner: "colour variants of the flag field deducted from the basic colours of the emblem".

Željko Heimer, 24 September 1999

Coat of arms of Brežice

[Coat of arms of Brezice]by Željko Heimer, 1 January 2006

The coat of arms is prescribed by Decision Odlok o grbu občine Brežice, adopted on 9 December 1991, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije 31/1991, 20 December 1991.

According to Stanič [stj05], the coat of arms is based on the coat of arms of the city of Brežice granted in 1501 by King Maximilian. The oldest preserved coat of arms is on a seal in the Steiermark state archives in Graz of 1530. The Archbishop of Salzburg confirmed the coat of arms in 1535.
The coat of arms is canting since the name of the place is derived from the term meaning banks of the river Sava. The German form of the city name, Rain, had the same root.

The coat of arms could be blazoned as:

Sable, a pile inverted enarched, in base of a triple mount vert in base azure wavy.

The blue is very light - lazurit blue according to the Decision.

Željko Heimer, 1 January 2006