Last modified: 2006-08-19 by ivan sache
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Flag of Polzela, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 23 September 2002
The municipality of Polzela seceded from Žalec in 1998. It is located in Savinjska region, and a historically important old castle is situated there.
Željko Heimer, 22 January 2002
The flag and arms are prescribed by Decision Odlok o grbu in zastavi Občine Polzela, adopted on 24 August 1999, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 72/99, 7 September 1999, with effect on 24 August 1999.
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.
The flag is rectangular, in ratio 2:5, horizontally divided
red-white-red with a red square at hoist containing the attribute
from the coat of arms, the white Maltese cross and
the black lion from the coat of arms placed in the middle of the
The flag is described in the first clause of the relevant article of the Decisions as "red with a white Maltese cross in the first square and with a white stripe along the middle of the remaining parts of the flag" without any mention of the lion there. However, in the detailed description following that sentence in the same article the white stripe is described "to include in its middle the black lion couchant from the coat of arms".
The addition of the lion was made in spite of Valt's wishes as the designer and the real flags in use include it.
Stanič [stj05] gives the colour specifications, which are not part of the Decision, as:
Željko Heimer, 13 May 2006
Coat of arms of Polzela - Image by Željko Heimer, 22 January 2002
The coat of arms can be blazoned as follows:
Valt gave additional explanation on the coat of arms:
In the end of the Middle Age on the current Slovenian territories were established three Komendas (commanderies) of the Sovereign Order of Malta: Komenda pri Kamniku, Komenda Metlika and Komenda Polzela. A commandery was a kind of refuge for the old and invalid knights.
A commandery was the benefice granted to a high dignitary (commander) in religious hospitaller orders, and, by extension, the name given to his residence. In France and probably elsewhere, the Templars fortified commanderies were built on the pilgrimage roads as safe places for the pilgrims. They were also used as banks. Crusaders and pilgrims deposited money in a commandery, and received an equivalent amount of money when they arrived in Holy Land, in exchange of the receipt.
While Polzela was still a local assembly (subdivision of a municipality), it decided to get a coat of arms of its own. They requested to be allowed to use the Maltese Knights symbol on their local coat of arms, something that they were granted. In the center of Polzela there is still the Komendatorski dvorec (a castle, though indeed quite ruinious), which is adorned with a stone statue of a Roman lion, today hardly recognizable. These symbols were adopted for the coat of arms of Polzela.
Željko Heimer & Ivan Sache, 22 January 2002