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Majsperk (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Majsperk]by Zeljko Heimer

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Description of the flag

The coat of arms and flag of the municipality of Majsperk are prescribed by decision of the local assembly held on 15 July1997, Odlok o grbu i zastavi Obcine Majsperk, adopted on11 June1997, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 43, pp. 3979-82, 18 July1997, with effect the same day. The assembly was held almost a month after the date of the Decision! There has to be some error here, but I guess we shall never know.

The flag is derived from the coat of arms, using one of the "attributes" (from article 13):

General: The flag of the Municipality of Majsperk is blue with four yellow leaves of sweet chestnut in the first square of the flag field, divided from the rest of the field by a yellow vertical stripe.

Description: The flag field is rectangular, with ratio of the height L is 1:2.5 with that the field is divided into two equal in height and different in length parts. On the first blue square part of the flag field is set the first attribute from the municipal coats of arms: golden leaves of sweet chestnut, from upper left and right corner of that field symmetrically to the vertical axis of the field issuing two differently sized leaves on each side: outer, larger hanging vertically downwards, and inner smaller meeting each other in the crossing point of the diagonals of the field. The attribute should not be smaller than 2/3 of the height of the field, and not higher than 8/10 of the same size.The first field of the flag is divided from the rest of the flag by a yellow vertical stripe, that should not be thinner then 1/50 of the flag length, nor wider than the 1/25 of the same size.

The decision also includes a drawing, showing one detail ambigous from the description: the yellow stripe is "part" of the first square of the flag (i.e. the first blue field and the yellow stripe form a square).

The color specification is found beside the flag drawing:
"Intercolor '87" (that sounds like CMY system):

  • Blue: Y0 C100 M50
  • Yellow: Y100, M10

"Pantone" (that is CMYK rather):

  • Blue: Y0 M35 C100 K10
  • Yellow: Y100 M20 C0 K0

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.

Valt pointed out the the symbols of Majsperk were designed in a hurry in just three weeks, as the municipality had to take part in "Games without Frontiers" in Hungary and needed the flag iimmediatly. So it happened that the first flag was manufactured and delivered to the Mayor at 1 A.M. while four hours later it was already on the way to Hungary.

Zeljko Heimer, 22 January 2002

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Majsperk]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms is described twice in the Decision, first the general layout (we would say blazon, but they call blazon the other description), and then in more details. Here are both descriptions (my translation from article 8 of the Decision)

In blue shield on a green mount a silver gothic church frontally with red roofs. From upper corners issuing downward two branches of sweet chestnut.

'The coat of arms of the Municipality of Majsperk is made in the shield of late-gothic style, of sanitet shape. From the base of the blue shield is issuing a green mount, on which is standing between wall enchancers a silver facade of a gothic church, with five steps under it, and silver frontal enchancers covered with red roof, holding between themselves a red roof of the gothic pointed entrance; the top of the facade is rising into a sixsided belltoweer with one semicircular window in each of the three visible sides, under the middle one is visible the outline of the clock circle. The belltower, topped with low sixsided red roof is ended with a golden ball and black cross.From the left and right corners of the shield there are issuing towards the middle of the shield two black branch pieces from which are growing on both two golden leaves of sweet chestnut (Castanea sativa), symmetrically - outer leaves vertically along the shield edge downwards to the level of the top of the belltower walls; and  inner, diagonally growing leaves which are touching eachother at the point above the cross of the tower. The golden ribbon that is on the outer side of the shield can be used as the ornament."

There is no colour specification for the coat of arms.

Valt added that the coat of arms combines two elements. The heraldized letter M is made of chestnut leaves, which were used in the XIXth and XXth century as resource for tanin production. The other symbol is the Upper Ptuj's Church (Ptujsko-gorska cerkev), which is the most important monument of the Gothical sacred art in Slovenia. The letter M is also the initial of St. Mary.

Zeljko Heimer, 22 January 2002

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag of Majsperk]by Zeljko Heimer

Further in the text are mentioned horizontal and vertical flags, differentiated by the position of the attribute. The attribute is forming the initial letter M. In the vertical version, the M is rotated to be readable again.

Zeljko Heimer, 22 January 2002