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Brinje (Municipality, Lika-Senj County, Croatia)

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[Municipality flag]

Flag of Brinje - Image by Željko Heimer, 8 October 2005


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Presentation of Brinje

Brinje, located some 60 km north of Gospić, was an important medieval fortified town held by the Frankopan family. Today Brinje is a municipality with some 6,000 inhabitants, 2,000 of which are in the place of the same name, the center of the municipality.

Željko Heimer, 7 September 2003


Flag of Brinje

The symbols of Brinje are prescribed by Decision Odluka o izmjeni Odluke o grbu i zastavi Općine Brinje, adopted on 29 September 1998 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 30 December 1998 in the County official gazette Županijski glasnik Županije ličko-senjske, No. 9, superseding the Decision prescribing the former symbols.

The flag is described in Article 11 of the Decision as follows:

The Municipality has a flag with the ratio of width to length of one to two.
The flag of the Municipality of Brinje is light blue with the coat of arms set in the middle of the flag at the crossing point of the diagonals.

Željko Heimer, 18 October 2011


Coat of arms of Brinje

[Municipality coat of arms]

Coat of arms of Brinje - Image by Željko Heimer, 18 October 2011

The coat of arms is described in Article 6 of the Decision as follows:

The coat of arms of the Municipality of Brinje is in a triangular shield shape, on a blue field, a silver floating hawk looking to the right with golden beak, red tongue and claws, holding a white chapel of the Holy Trinity with a red roof.

The tower is a representation of the 14th century three-storey Gothic Holy Trinity chapel, part of the Sokolac Castle around which Brinje was formed. The arms are canting, sokol meaning "hawk" in Croatian.

Željko Heimer, 18 October 2011


Former symbols of Brinje (1997-1998)

The first symbols of Brinje are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Općine Brinje, adopted on 22 February 1997 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 1 July 1997 in Županijski glasnik Županije ličko-senjske, No. 5.

Decision Rješenje o imenovanju Komisije za određivanje dana općine, izradu grba i zastave općine Brinje, adopted on 23 September 1995 by the Municipality Assembly and published on 15 November 1995 in Županijski glasnik Županije ličko-senjske, No. 9, appointed a three-member Commission to propose a flag and a coat of arms.

The flag is described in Article 11 of the Decision as follows:

The Municipality has a flag with the ratio of width to length of one to two.
The flag of the Municipality of Brinje is light blue with the coat of arms set in the middle of the flag at the crossing point of the diagonals.

The coat of arms is described in Article 7 of the Decision as follows:

The coat of arms of the Municipality of Brinje is in a shield shpae, at the bottom slightly pointed.
The coat of arms is blue with two golden wolves in battle posture looking at each other and holding a silver tower-chapel with a red roof.

The two wolves holding the tower must have been inspired by the the coat of arms of the former rulers of Brinje, the Frankopan family, being two lions holding a loaf of bread. This design was not approved by the central authorities since there is already a number of towns and municipalities using designs inspired by the Frankopan arms.

Željko Heimer, 18 October 2011

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