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Mrkopalj (The Coast-Gorski Kotar, Croatia)

Last modified: 2003-08-09 by dov gutterman
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Coat of Arms
by Zeljko Heimer, 20 July 2003

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Mrkopalj is a community with just under 2000 inhabitants some 30 km east of Rijeka, 15 km south of Delnice. Once it was relatively important trading town in the Gorski Kotar highlands where woods and sheeps mostly provide the resources.
The Emperor Jospeh II granted the Coat of Arms and the status of a free royal market town in 1785. The grant of arms is similar in style with others granted in the period, inclusding the aquarel picture of the Coat of Arms within a ring containing the inscription (thus making it a seal) and set in a baroque sceen with mountains, angel broquate covers, coats of arms of selected Habsburg lands.
The shield is party per fess chief per pale: first chequy gules and argent, second or a lamb passant below a fir tree vert trunked prper issuant from a base also vert, and third azure five cliff spikes argent. The modern community adopted (around 1995) the same coat of arms in a modernized artistic redention as required by regulations.
At the moment I have no info on a flag, but probably there is one adopted at the same time.
Source: [osg02] that include also complete reprint of the 1785 grant of arms.
Zeljko Heimer, 20 July 2003