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by Zeljko Heimer, 6 May 2000
The flag and CoA of Sarajevo can be found
. There is just the picture of the coat of arms, not the flag,
but there are two official documents on the CoA and flag of that
city. I think it is horizontally striped with the coat of arms in
the middle, proportions 1:2 but I don't understand the two
colours. Green over white?
Pascal Vagnat , 4 May 2000
The page indeed consist of the legal provisions regarding CoA
and the flag of the city of Sarajevo. Both decisions are named
temporary (or provisional) no doubt because the statute of the
city is temporarily also. I guess it is still not decided what
will be with the city now, when one have half-a-dozen communities
dividing it (but that situation is no different then before the
war, though) on one hand, and on the other the Sarajevo Canton (Sarajevski kanton) that
almost entirely covers it. The decision are named:
(1) Privremena odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sarajeva, 28. marta 1998. Sluzbene novine Kantona Sarajevo, 6/98
(2) Privremena odluka o upotrebi grba i zastave Grada Sarajeva, 28. marta 1998, SNKS [6/98?]
The first one is actually decision on the coat of arms and the flag, while the other one regulates their use. The coat of arms is described (art. 2 of (1)) as (my translation):
"The coat of arms represent the elements of the typical roofs that in the same time symbolize the hills. The symbol of the city is made of civic walls with doors. The lower part of the coat of arms makes the terrain configuration - valleys with a bridged river over which the city is set."
Note that the colours are not mentioned at all. If we are to believe the graphics from the mentioned site, the shield is white, bordered golden, roofs-hills are green, walls black and base blue with white bridge.
The flag is defined imidiately in article 3:
"The flag of the City is light blue. The coat of arms in the flag is in the center. The flag can be made in different sizes, while retaining the ratio 2:1."
The coat of arms graphical representation is part of the decision, while the flag is not mentioned in that part. Also, it is notable that the size of the COA is not determined in more details.
The second document is more or less standard and similar to the usage provisions of the civic symbols in this region. A detail that may be interesting to note is that there is provision allowing a car flag "of appropriate size" for the mayor.
As far as I am aware, the oldest representation of the CoA of Sarajevo is on 1970 Yugoslav stamp issued commemorating 25 years of liberation of the city (6-APR-1945). I have no firm evidence, but based on the overall layout of the CoA, it may very well be that the CoA was actually devised just for that purpose and that this stamp is, if not the premiere, the certainly the first "massive" publication of it. If I am right about that, it may be that the flag - light blue with that CoA in the center - was adopted at the same time, though I have no evidence on that (not even on the existance of that flag). Hopefully, we'll find some evidence in support of this, or against it in future. The CoA printed on the mentioned stamp is basically the same as the one used today, though it differs in colours used (indeed, if the "current" colours are right ones). In any case, there the shield is still white (silver), roofs-hills are also green, but the walls are red, while the river in base is - green! The shape of the bridge is somewhat different, too (there having three arches and the "dots" closer to center). In cheif, inbetween the roofs there was set a red fivepointed star. This CoA was in use until the beggining of the war in B&H, and fell into disuse, probably, say in May 1991. With the war in B&H the star was removed, and on several occasions I have seen the same coat of arms with a fleur-de-lys Or set in place of the star. It is very likely that such coat of arms was officially adopted at some time in first half of 1990's. It may be now that the colour of the base field was changed into blue.
Such coat of arms set in the middle of a light blue flag is visible on the proposal of the greater coat of arms of the Sarajevo-Centar community coat of arms. It is hard to see anything there, but it seems that the bridge in that image is still of tripple arch.
With the ommition of the national(istic) symbols from the entire iconography in the Federation, it is to be expected that the fleur-de- lys is removed, as indeed happened in the 1998 decision quoted above.
As I suspect, the image of the CoA provided on the page may be incorrect, and it should not be ruled out until further evidence that the CoA is not still the same one, minus the star.
Zeljko Heimer, 6 May 2000
from http://www.sarajevo.ba , located by Pascal Vagnat , 4 May 2000
I found this link for the flags and coat of arms of Sarajevo.
There is the image of the coat of arms, but not of the flag.
There is the law on the coat of arms and the flag though, but in
Pascal Vagnat , 4 May 2000
Privious Coat of Arms
by Haris Delalic, 1 November 1999
Here are variations of the flag of Sarajevo that were used before the 1998 flag was adopted:
by Zeljko Heimer , 6 May 2000
City of Sarajevo 197x-199x flag used, probably since early 1970's to early 1990's.
by Zeljko Heimer , 6 May 2000
City of Sarajevo 199x-1998 flag used, since first half of 1990's
to 1998 when the "clear" version was adopted.
Zeljko Heimer , 6 May 2000