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Municipal flag of Majšperk, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 22 January 2002
The coat of arms and flag of of Majšperk are prescribed by Decision of the local assembly held on 15 July 1997, Odlok o grbu i zastavi Občine Majšperk, adopted on 11 June 1997 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 43, pp. 3979-82, 18 July 1997, with effect the same day. The assembly was held almost a month after the date of the decision! There has to be some error here, but I guess we shall never know.
The flag is derived from the municipal coat of arms, using one of the "attributes". Quoting Article 13 of the Decision:
General: The flag of the municipality of Majšperk is blue with four yellow leaves of sweet chestnut in the first square of the flag field, divided from the rest of the field by a yellow vertical stripe.
Description: The flag field is rectangular, with ratio of the height to the width 1:2.5. The field is divided into two equal in height and different in length parts. On the first blue square part of the flag field is set the first attribute from the municipal coats of arms: golden leaves of sweet chestnut, from upper left and right corner of that field symmetrically to the vertical axis of the field issuing two differently sized leaves on each side: outer, larger hanging vertically downwards, and inner smaller meeting each other in the crossing point of the diagonals of the field. The attribute should not be smaller than 2/3 of the height of the field, and not higher than 8/10 of the same size.The first field of the flag is divided from the rest of the flag by a yellow vertical stripe, that should not be thinner then 1/50 of the flag length, nor wider than the 1/25 of the same size.
The Decision also includes a drawing, showing one detail ambiguous in the description: the yellow stripe is "part" of the first square of the flag (that is, the first blue field and the yellow stripe form a square).
Further in the text are mentioned horizontal and vertical flags, differentiated by the position of the attribute. The attribute is forming the initial letter M. In the vertical version, the M is rotated to be readable.
The color specification is found beside the flag drawing:
The symbols were designed by Valt Jurečič of Heraldika d.o.o. and Heraldica Slovenica, who kindly provided drawings from which the images shown on this page were made.
Valt pointed out the the symbols of Majšperk were designed in a hurry in just three weeks, as the municipality had to take part in "Games without Frontiers" in Hungary and needed the flag immediatly. So it happened that the first flag was manufactured and delivered to the Mayor at 1 AM while four hours later it was already on the way to Hungary.
Željko Heimer, 22 January 2002
Coat of arms of Majšperk - Image by Željko Heimer, 22 January 2002
The coat of arms of Majšperk is described twice in the Decision, first the general layout (we would say blazon, but they call blazon the other description), and then in more details. Here are both descriptions (my translation from article 8 of the Decision)
In blue shield on a green mount a silver gothic church frontally with red roofs. From upper corners issuing downward two branches of sweet chestnut.
The coat of arms of the municipality of Majšperk is made in the shield of late-gothic style, of sanitet shape. From the base of the blue shield is issuing a green mount, on which is standing between wall enchancers a silver facade of a gothic church, with five steps under it, and silver frontal enchancers covered with red roof, holding between themselves a red roof of the gothic pointed entrance; the top of the facade is rising into a six-sided belltower with one semicircular window in each of the three visible sides, under the middle one is visible the outline of the clock circle. The belltower, topped with a low six-sided red roof, is ended with a golden ball and black cross. From the left and right corners of the shield there are issuing towards the middle of the shield two black branch pieces from which are growing on both two golden leaves of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa), symmetrically - outer leaves vertically along the shield edge downwards to the level of the top of the belltower walls; and inner, diagonally growing leaves which are touching eachother at the point above the cross of the tower. The golden ribbon that is on the outer side of the shield can be used as the ornament.
There is no colour specification for the coat of arms.
Valt added that the coat of arms combines two elements. The heraldized letter M is made of chestnut leaves, which were used in the XIXth and XXth century as resource for tannin production. The other symbol is the Upper Ptuj Church (Ptujsko-gorska cerkev), which is the most important monument of the Gothic sacred art in Slovenia. The letter M is also the initial of St. Mary.
Željko Heimer, 22 January 2002