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Split (Split-Dalmatia county, Croatia)

Last modified: 2001-11-03 by dov gutterman
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by Zeljko Heimer, 24 September 1999

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Do yo recognize the symbol ? Is it a flag ?
Dov Gutterman, 23 September 1999

Yes, I can ID it. It is the coat of arms of the city of Split. It is a rectangular "shield" with representation of the old city - the Diocletian's Palace with characteristic tower of St. Duje, the patron of the city, which is also represneted in the sinister shield, while there is the Croatian chequy shield in dexter. The Croatian chequy is often left blue-white, but obviously this is not the official policy . The stone relief with the COA is set in the main entrance to the palace at some time (certainly before 1990, but possibly much before). also, it may be worth of mentioning that the same COA was used during the socialist period with the fivepointed red star in place of the Croatian chequy (not in shield form), as I can prove from some post-cards of 1970's.
However, this coat of arms does not apear on the flag, even if there is the law enforcing cities to have mono-coloured flags with coa on it. Possibly, the flag of the city is not officially adopted after 1990. What they use is blue flag with white representation of the Palace, somewhat differently artistically designed the on the coat of arms.
But, lately it seems that only a specific variation of that flag is used where the white palace is made of word Split repeated several times and toped with number 1700 - this being the logo of 1700 years of Split celebration. I have not been able to get good image of this, though. Take a look also at my pages
Zeljko Heimer, 24 September 1999

Flag in Use

by Zeljko Heimer, 9 October 2001

I have reported earlier that Split does not use its normal flag, even if sometimes it is quoted as blue with white representation of the Diokletian's Palace. Since early 1990's only flag in actual use, in all occasions that would normaly be reserved for the civic flag, is the flag of the celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the city. It was celebrated in 1996, but the actual celebrations of this big anniversary begun in early 1990's and are lasted much after 1996. Still today it seems that the only flag in use is this celebration flag.
The flag is vertical, blue with white logo of the celebration - which is in turn based on the civic emblem - the Diokletian's Palace with a characteristic tower of the Cathedral of St. Dujam (parton killed by the same Roman emperor Diokletian in whose palace the core of Split emerged, and the kathedral was built over the emperor's mausoleum). This time it is formed by the numerals 1700 and multiple inscriptions SPLIT topped with a cross.
As the sources for the emblem I used charity post stamps issued in 1996.
Zeljko Heimer, 9 October 2001

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer, 24 September 1999

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