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Gornji Petrovci (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Gornji Petrovci]by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the flag

The coat of arms and flag are prescribed by decision Odlok o uporabi grba in zastave Obcine Gornji Petrovci, adopted on 1 April 1998 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 31, pp. 2050-2, 18 April1998, with effect on 3 May1998.
Actually, I am inclined to believe that the basic layout of the coat of arms and flag might already have been at least hinted in the Statute of the Municipality, but the decision prescribes them in details. Unfortunately, the text in the official gazette is not accompanied with drawings.

The symbols were designed by Valt Jurecic of Heraldika d.o.o. and Heraldica Slovenica, who kindly provided drawings from which the images shown on this page were made.

The flag of Gornji Petrovci is of a design characteristic of the Slovenian municipal flags. An cross of unusual shape is made of a combination of an horizontal division in three stripes and a vertical division in three unequal stripes, which is often known as Canadian pale. Therefore, the flag has four rectangles, one in each corner, while the main field forms an unusual wide cross. The vertical arm of the cross is square and bears some attribute from the coat of arms as a rule.
The flag overall ratio is 2:5. It can be easily shown that the corner rectangles should be 1/3 H x 3/4 H, H being the flag height.

The flag of Gornji Petrovci has such a blue cross on a white field, with the otter and fish from the coat of arms as central attribute.
The aforementioned decision gives an ambigous size of the corner rectangles as V/3 : 2 x V/3, V being the flag height, which however cannot give the central field to be a square. It must be V/3 x 3V/4, as explained above.

Zeljko Heimer,  16 October 1999

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Gornji Petrovci]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms can be blazoned as:

Per fess, in chief argent, fourteen houses, seven and seven, azure roofed gules; in base azure, an otter argent holding in its mouths a fish or.

Valt explained that the fourteen houses represent the fourteen settlements in the municipality. In traditional heraldry, a fourlegged animal with fish in jaws is always an otter (Lutra lutra [Mustelidae]; in Slovenian, vidra. The fish in jaws is the specific attribute of an otter, to differenciate it from a cat, dog, fox, wolf, etc. It is told that an otter is capable of carrying much bigger fishes holding them over the back, it is shown here regardant.

Zeljko Heimer, 9 January 2002

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag of Gornji Petrovci]by Zeljko Heimer

A vertical version of the flag is prescribed, as the horizontal flag rotated 90 degrees.

Zeljko Heimer,  16 October 1999