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Višnjan (Municipality, Istria County, Croatia)


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[Municipality flag]

Flag of Višnjan - Image by Željko Heimer, 6 September 2013

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Presentation of Višnjan

The municipality of Višnjan (Italian, Visignano; 2,274 inhabitants in 2011, 694 in the village of Višnjan) is located some 20 km due west of Pazin.
The town is most well-know for a significant astronomical observatory (website) ran by the local school, specialized in the finding of new asteroids in the solar system.

Željko Heimer, 23 August 2004

Flag of Višnjan

The symbols of Višnjan are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu, zastavi i lenti Općine Višnjan, adopted on 30 March 2006 by the Municipality Assembly and published in 2007 in the Municipality official gazette Službeni glasnik Općine Višnjan, No. 1.
The symbols were approved by the Central State Office for Administration on 2 April 2007.

Višnjan is among the few municipalities in Croatia to have prescribed a sash for the Mayor, being a 10 cm wide ribbon in the color of the flag with the coat of arms set in the middle of it on the front side, to be used in ceremonial occasions.

The symbols were designed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company, from Rijeka.

The flag (photo) is in proportions 1:2, red with the coat of arms, bordered yellow, in the middle.

Željko Heimer, 3 August 2008

Coat of arms of Višnjan

[Municipality coat of arms]

Coat of arms of Višnjan - Image by Željko Heimer, 6 September 2013

The coat of arms pictures a fortified town with opened gates between a tower topped with a flag and a laurel tree.
This is based on the coat of arms granted in 1828 by Emperor Francis I, picturing the town as it was then, a fortified town with the St. Anthony church of outside the town walls and an olive treea, since olive that was the main production at the time.

[Municipality coat of arms]

Rejected coat of arms of Višnjan - Image by Željko Heimer, 4 November 2006

The newly approved symbols slightly differ from the historical one. The olive tree was replaced by a laurel tree and the path leading to the town from the arms' base was removed; this was explained as removing unnecessery and unheraldic complexity, although the people in Višnjan did not quite understand what was wrong with the olive tree and why there should be a laurel that has nothing to do with the town, while olives there have long tradition.

Željko Heimer, 4 November 2006

Ceremonial flag of Višnjan

[Municipality flag]

Ceremonial flag of Višnjan - Image by Željko Heimer, 6 September 2013

The ceremonial flag (photo) is a red gonfalon with three triangularly ending golden fringed tails, with the coat of arms in the middle between an olive and a grapevine branch below and the name of the municipality above.

Željko Heimer, 4 November 2006