Last modified: 2006-05-06 by ivan sache
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Municipal flag of Ljutomer, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 26 February 2006
The coat of arms and the flag of Ljutomer are prescribed by Decision Odlok o simbolih Občine Ljutomer, adopted on 28 May 1997 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije 39/1997 on 30 June 1997, with effect on 14 July 1997.
The Decision was amended by Odlok o spremembah in dopolnitvah odloka o simbolih Občine Ljutomer, adopted on 3 August 2001 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 94/2001. The Amendment to the Decision does not change anything in particular regarding the coat of arms and the flag, but introduces other, new symbols. These new symbols are the key of the town hall, the Mayor's chain, symbols of municipal officials and the municipal diploma. All of them include the coat of arms, and some of them a stylized municipal flag.
The flag is rectangular, in ratio 1:3, horizontally divided white-green with the coat of arms in the middle. The width of the coat of arms is 3/5 of the hoist size.
The flag can be hoisted vertically, in which case the coat of arms is rotated to vertical position as well, with its width still 3/5 of the hoist size.
The colour specifications are:
Željko Heimer, 31 August 2002
Coat of arms of Ljutomer - Image by Željko Heimer, 31 August 2002
The coat of arms of Ljutomer is:
Argent, an unicorn rampant maroon over a dragon vert langued gules, in chief sinister three balls gules two and one.
The shield is semicircular, lined with a double black line, and all elements are black-lined as well.
The symbolic of the unicorn and dragon is, I guess, connected with the struggle of good and evil, though I do not know the story behind this. Stanič [stj05] shows a coat of arms from the XVIIth century nearly identical to the current one.
Stanič mentions an interesting "heraldic" local tradition: the small villages and towns in the region have traditional quasi-heraldic "coats of arms" symbolizing them often in a humorous way. These were mentioned for instance by Stanko Vraz in mid-XIXth century and by other significant historians and folklore researchers.
Željko Heimer, 26 February 2006