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image by eljko Heimer, 11 September 2007
Kotoriba is a small town with about 3,500 inhabtants, the
community totaling to a bit more then 6,000, situated in the far
east of the County, near the mouth of the river Mura into Drava,
on a railroad connecting Ptuj in Slovenia (with connection
furtehr towards Maribor and Ljubljana) through Cakovec to
Nagykanizsa in Hungary and further to Budapest. In the 18th
century this was among the bigegst places in Medimurje, counting
over 1000 inhabitants, developed from a 16th century fort
established by Zrinski family as a defence against Truks.
Kotoriba was using in mid-1990's a coat-of-arms-like emblem consisting of a shield shwing the local church and in chief inscribed the name of the community. The shield is set in an abstract floral ornament and topped with the coat of arms of Croatia (in the representations this was simplified by removing all details from the crest-crown). The church is built 1768-1784 and dedicated to "Seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Cross" (Sedam alosti Blaene Djevice Marije i svetog Kria).
From correspondence I had with the community (though <www.kotoriba.hr> in late 1990's) they were already concious that this was no proper emblem, and in May 1999 there was issued a public concourse for the new coat of arms and the flag. However, it seems that as yet it produced nothing, though the 1990's emblem seems not to be used anymore.
eljko Heimer, 7 Febuary 2004
On one of the last days (date to me unknown yet) the community
of Kotoriba in the Medimurje County finally adopted its new
symbols and their first public display and the ceremony of
consacration shall be held in Friday, 14th September in the local
church, as is reported on the Kotoriba
The drawings of the coat of arms and the flag are available on the site, as well as images of several variants of this final design. The local community bulletin is also available on line containing an article about the new symbols.
The coat of arms of Kotoriba is: vert from a base wavy argent issuan a wooden fort proper. This is depiction of the wooden fortification of Kotori, built in 17th century by Zrinski's of Cakovec for protection against Turkish raids and where Petar Zrinski won a victory in 1646 while the remaining Turks drowned retreating in the river Mura. The fort was made of wooden beams of square layout and with circular bastions in the corners and there was a wooden house in the middle for about hundred soldiers stationed there. (see also 17th centruy military map of Kotoriba). With the retreat of the Turkish threat in 18th century, the fort was abandoned and soon perished (wooden trunks are occasionally dug up from people's back yards, though), however the merchant city around it (gained merchant rights in 1715) continued to flourish.
The flag is blue with the coat of arms bordered yellow set in the middle. The blue colour of the flag (just as the white wavy base) is chosen to represent rivers Mura and Drava - Kotoriba being at the confluence of those two having crucial impact on the life in the community.
According to design style, this surely looks like the artwork of Herladik-art d.o.o. of Rijeka, and if so we may also expect a ceremonial flag, as well.
eljko Heimer, 11 September 2007
The symbols were designed by the Heraldic
Art d.o.o. from Rijeka.
eljko Heimer, 3 November 2007
I have taken a look at the newly issued official gazettes in
the Medimurje county <www.glasila.hr> and
I report here some news:
The decision: Odluka o grbu i zastavi Opcine Kotoriba, 18.12.2007, Slubeni glasnik Medimurske upanije, br. 13/07, 20.12.2007, formally adopts the symbols decided upon in September 2007 (when they were also consecrated).
eljko Heimer, 24 March 2008
An interesting piece of info may be found the their web site from
July 2004. In the report on the work of the municipal council it
is noted that the proposal by the "Heraldic Art" was
considered. As possible symbols that were discussed (although it
is not clear weather they were actually proposed by the Heraldic
At or discussed in the council "on their own") are
mentioned: River Mura, rail-road, the parish church of Kotoriba
and a twig/rod/whip (depends how you translate the used word, I
am not sure in which context this was used). This was 3 years
before the actual adoption of the current symbols.
eljko Heimer, 28 september 2009
image by eljko Heimer, 11 September 2007
image by eljko Heimer, 7 Febuary 2004