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image by eljko Heimer, 22 December 2007
Oprtalj (in Italian: Portole) is a community in central
northern part of Istrian County situated across the river Mirna
valley of the much more reknown city of Motovun, about 20 km
northwest of Pazin. The Italian name Portole is also in use.
The community uses the historical coat of arms, possibly from 14th century, though its current status is unknown: Azure massoned walls argent issuant from the base with three closed doors proper and in chief a cross pattee. There is no flag reported.
Source: Opcina Oprtalj - Portole <www.oprtalj.hr> 25.10.2003.
eljko Heimer, 26 August 2004
Marko Vitez pointed me out that a flag of the community is to
be see on a photo in a book I am quite often using for this
reports, but I never noted this detail. Namely, on the photo of
Oprtalj a white flag is seen on page 545 that quite obviously
include the coat of arms in the middle.
Source: Boidar Feldbauer i sur.: Leksikon naselja Hrvatske 2. svezak, M-, Mozaik knjiga, 2004, p. 545.
eljko Heimer, 22 December 2007
The web site of the community now includes a nice photo of the
flags hoisted on the community building at <www.oprtalj.hr>.
The flags there are from (viewer's) left to right: Croatia,
Istria County, Oprtalj Community.
Beside that, also on <www.oprtalj.hr> you can see the coat of arms drawing, although you may be surprised - it is my drawing shown below!
eljko Heimer, 25 December 2007
On the web site <www.oprtalj.hr> there are
several issues of the community statutes (2001, 2006, 2009) and
each includes only general determinations regarding the coat of
arms and the flag - that the community has them. This may be
indicative that there has been no formal decision on the symbols
as yet (but may not be so). There is no hint on the page that
such decision was indeed made. However, the coat of arms (in
several artistic varinats) is abundantly used on the web and in
the publications, where one may also find the photos of the flag
being used in various occasions. Indeed it seems that the flag is
using the coat of arms shape as we show it, and in the community
assembly room a coat of arms on the wall is of the same shape as
eljko Heimer, 5 September 2009
image by eljko Heimer, 26 August 2004