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Municipal flag of Slovenska Bistrica, horizontal and vertical versions - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 May 2006
The flag of Slovenska Bistrica (29,688 inhabitants) must be one of the oldest Slovenian local flags still in use unchanged, or at least without a new legal document which would redefine it.
The coat of arms and flag were prescribed by Decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi občine Slovenska Bistrica, adopted on 27 June 1984, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije 23/1984 on 13 July 1984, with effect on 20 July 1984.
The flag is rectangular, in proportion 1:2, horizontally divided white-red with the coat of arms in the middle. The coat of arms is kept upright in the vertical version of the flag.
Željko Heimer, 16 September 2004
Coat of arms of Slovenska Bistrica - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 May 2006
The coat of arms of Slovenska Bistrica is red with a silver embattled wall with five embattlments, behind which are rising three silver towers. The middle tower is wider and taller, topped with three embattlements and having a Romanesque bifora (double arched window). The outer towers have a red conical roof under which there are three galleries, and with a golden knob on the top. In the wall are three red doorways, the middle being larger.
The Decision prescribes that above the shield there is an inscription with the municipality full name in capital letters.
According to Stanič [stj05], the coat of arms is based on the civic seal dated 1297, that was very much alike the current coat of arms but in a circular shape. The coats of arms used in the XVIth century and later had minor heraldic differences, many of them showing simply only three towers on hills, without the wall in front, but the version adopted in 1984 and still in use refers to the oldest known version.
Željko Heimer, 27 May 2006
Flag of the local community (Krajevna skupnost) of Kebelj - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 September 2005
The flag of Kebelj, as shown on the community website, is vertically hoisted, vertically divided green-yellow with the community coat of arms placed in the middle, above the full name of the community.
Green stands fornature, environmental friendliness, forests and spring; yellow stands for the sun, gold, wheat, and summer/autumn; white stands for snow and winter
Eugene Ipavec & Pascal Gross, 15 September 2005
Coat of arms of the local community of Kebelj - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 September 2005