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Ziri (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Ziri]by Zeljko Heimer

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Presentation of the municipality

The municipality of Ziri was formed in 1995. Altough a small town, Ziri is relative to its size rather a large industrial center. Not only the widely known sportswear factory is situated there (Alpina, known mainly for the ski shoes), but other as well.

Zeljko Heimer, 12 April 2000

Description of the flag

The flag and arms of Ziri are prescribed by decision Odlok o istovetnosti simbolih Obcine Ziri, adopted on 6 December 2000, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 26/2001.

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 is rectangular in proportion 2:5, with a blue square hoist part containing the three yellow acorns from the coat of arms and a fly end horizontally divided yellow-blue-yellow.

Zeljko Heimer, 22 October 2002

Coat of arms

[Coat of arms of Ziri]by Zeljko Heimer

The coat of arms of Ziri is:

Divided per fess wavy argent, in chief vert three beech acorns or and in base azure a lintvern or

The lintvern is a kind of a dragon connected to the earthquake legends. Acorns recalls the name of the municipality.

The name Ziri means "acorns". In 1997 the municipality made a referendum to decide on the municipal holyday and symbols, the call for referendum being issued as Odlok o razpisu zakonodajnega referenduma o dolocitvi praznika Obcine Ziriin dolocitvi njenih simbolov, adopted on 22 October 1997, and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, nr. 67, 30 October 1997, pp.5336.
The referendum was scheduled for 23 November1997

The question on the referendum included the description of the proposed coat of arms as:
"Blue lintvern on silver field holding in paws a beech branch with an beech acorn and two beech leaves." What is a lintvern? There seems to be several small rivers called that name, it seems it is also a name of some noble family and there is a rock band bearing that name, but all that seems rather farfetched. Finally I found in one page mention of a legend (quite unrelated otherwise) mentioning a dragon sleeping beneath land, the dragon being called locally "lintvern", and that dragion having a long tail whose moving results in floods. Anyway, the name looks related with a known heraldic beast - namely wyvern, that is also kind of a dragon with a long tail. So, we can guess that the coat of arms of Ziri may include some heraldic beast similar to a wyvern.

There is no mention of a flag in the referendum call.

Zeljko Heimer, 22 October 2002

Vertical flag

[Vertical flag of Ziri]by Zeljko Heimer