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image by eljko Heimer, 9 June 2004
Coat of Arms - Azure a tower argent between two lily bushes.
As far as I am aware, Ivanic-grad hasn't adopted official symbols
but has a traditional coat of arms that is used occasionally
(among others in touristic materials issued by the County, as
well as on the County web-pages). For what I am aware, they are
not used on flags.
eljko Heimer, 14 November 2002
Ivanic-Grad (Ivanic/-Grad) is a city some 20 km. south-east of
Zagreb. It counts 13,500 inhabitants,
half of that number living in the urban area itself. Until 1997
Ivanic-Grad was part of Sisak and Moslavina County, at first
(until mid 1993) with community status.
In the mean time the flag was reported, that probably means that the formal approval by the Ministry was received. The flag is blue with the white bordered coat of arms in the middle.
eljko Heimer, 8 June 2004
pages of the City of Ivanic-Grad contain some historical data
on the flag and Coat of Arms of the city (in Croatian only, here
is my translation): " The oldest historical data on use of
the seal of the Free Market Ivanic Grad is from 17th century. The
symbolic and contents of the seal is preserved in a document from
1664. The seal is circular, containing in the middle a
stone-masoned tower on a wide basement. The tower is topped with
embattlements, and has opened doors. On both sides of it are
three stalks of flowering lilies. Along the outer rim is
inscription "S COMMUNIT TATIS DE IVANICH" (seal of the
community of Ivanic).
The seal contents my be connected with the location of Ivanic Grad on an Island in Lonja filed, where this old city stood surrounded with marshes of flowering lilies. The tower is beyond any doubt symbol of defence significance of the city, confirmed from the erection of oldest fortresses by Zagreb's bishops until the Renaissance impenetrable castle during the most critical years of Turkish raids.
New city coat of arms and seal are in use since 1792 when the new city magistrate was established, initially used with German inscription "MILITAR-COMMUNITAT FESTUNG IVANIC" (Carsko-kraljevska vojna opcina Ivanic i.e. Imperial-Royal Military Community of Ivanic). After 1872 the inscription was replaced with Croatian one.
In that new coat of arms there is no ancient symbolic. The new coat of arms preserved in seals on numerous documents of the city administration and stone-carved still standing on the city magistrate building in Ivanic, retained oval shape, the central symbolic of the old tower with opened doors, onto which is set the Croatian coat of arms, above it the royal crown and a cross. This is supported with two imperial griffins. The inscription reads " POGLAVARSTVO GRADA IVANIC TVRĐE " (Magistrate of the City of Ivanic Fortress). The flag is blue with white bordered coat of arms in the middle."
Unfortunately, this last sentence seems to have been added quite "irresponsibly". It does not give us any clue as to when it was introduced and how come that it is described beside the "new coat of arms" which it surely never included. Therefore we may not take this article to provide anything about the flag beside the fact that it is nowadays used as "blue with white bordered coat of arms in the middle".
The drawing of the currently used flag design differs in small details from my drawing above. The drawing of the Coat of Arms is there shown as "negative" (i.e. blue elements on white background), but I believe that this is just one of the "printing options" and not the Coat of Arms in its "full colours".
eljko Heimer, 13 May 2007
According to information
from the official web site, the session of the city
government held on 6 March 2008 was discussing the decision on
the coat of arms and the flag. In the comments on that page the
city official explained that the symbols are not going to change,
but that the decision have to be discussed since the symbols were
not yet approved by the Central State Office for Administration.
eljko Heimer, 29 March 2008
gazette of the city includes the decision on the coat of arms
and the flag:
Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Ivanic-Grada, 13. oujka 2008, Slubeni glasnik, br. 3, 2008
The city government discussed the new decision on 6 March, and the new information added on the city web site since confirms that on 13 March the city assembly adopted the new decision.
The new decision, among others invalidate a previous city decision issued in the official gazette Slubeni glasnik 4/94.
The text of this decision is unavailable, although I strongly suspect that there is nothing of consequence regarding to the design of the symbols that was changed since.
So, the coat of arms and the flag are formally adopted in 2008, but are probably the same as the 1994 version.
Weather this new decision yet received the approval of the central authorities, it is not stated, although one may assume that the decision was made indeed to obtain such approval.
The decision blazon the coat of arms so: azure a tower with three embattlements between three bulrushes at each side.
Namely, what I thought to be "lily bushes" are apparently considered to be bulrushes or cattails (if I understand this rightly, I believe that the Latin name would be Typha)
The flag is described simply are blue flag in ratio 1:2 with the coat of arms in the middle.
eljko Heimer, 13 December 2008
Statutes includes the descrption of the coat of arms and the
flag, unlike the previous 2001 Statutes which only mentions the
symbols: Statut Grada Ivanic-Grada, 13.07.2009, Slubeni
glasnik Grada Ivanic-Grada, br. 7/2009, 13.07.2009.
As opposed to the 2008 decision on the coat of arms and the flag, where the flowers on the either side of the tower are described as bulrushes, the Statutes describe them as irises!
eljko Heimer, 27 December 2009
image by eljko Heimer, 14 November 2002