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Hrvatska Kostajnica (Town, Sisak-Moslavina County, Croatia)

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Flag of Hrvatska Kostajnica, as used (left) and as prescribed (right) - Images by Željko Heimer, 19 December 2009

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Presentation of Hrvatska Kostajnica

The Town of Hrvatska Kostajnica (2,746 inhabitants according to the 2001 census, 1,993 in the settlement of Hrvatska Kostajnica proper) is located on river Una, here the border with Bosnia and Herzegovina, facing Bosanska Kostajnica. In the administrative reform of 1993 Kostajnica got the Municipality status, which was reverted to Town status in 1997.
The name Kostajnica has root in a word meaning "chestnut"; a Chestnut Festival is held every year in autumn there that includes gathering of chestnuts in the woods surrounding the town.

Željko Heimer, 14 December 2002

Flag of Hrvatska Kostajnica

The symbols of Hrvatska Kostajnica are prescribed by three successive Decisions of the same name, Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Hrvatska Kostajnica, published in the Town official gazettes Službeni vjesnik Grada Hrvatska Kostajnica, No. 15 (1997), No. 3 (1999), and No. 2 (2012) (text), respectively. The most recent Decision is a rather technical update.
The current Town Statutes Statut Grada Hrvatska Kostajnica, adopted on 4 August 2009 by the Town Assembly and published on 6 August 2009 in Službeni vjesnik Grada Hrvatska Kostajnica, No. 27, contain the complete description of the coat of arms and the flag.

The flag is described as blue, in size 90 x 180 cm, with the coat of arms, sized 40 x 30 cm, in it, prescribed to be made in golden embroidery. The proportions of the coat of arms do not match to what we have seen in use, and we certainly yet have to see a golden embroidered flag.

The flag in the Mayor's office as seen on a photo (page no longer online) appears to be the usual printed flag with the coat of arms larger than prescribed. This flag usage is confirmed by several sightings on TV reports from Kostajnica.

Željko Heimer, 22 May 2012

Coat of arms of Hrvatska Kostajnica

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Coat of arms of Hrvatska Kostajnica - Image by Željko Heimer, 19 December 2009

The coat of arms of Hrvatska Kostajnica (municipal website) shows a three-towered fortification with a wall in base forming a golden yard in which is standing a lamb carrying a flag. This is a modernization of the coat of arms granted to the town in 1893 by Emperor and King Francis Joseph I.
The three-towered fortification is the fort of Kostajnica situated on an island in river Una.

The description of the coat of arms in the 2012 Decision seems to omit, almost certainly by error, the part of the blazon mentioning the central tower. It must be a copying typo omitting the text between two occurrences of the same expression nalazi se (there is), because all the other Decisions and the Statutes include the full description of the arms.

Željko Heimer, 22 May 2012