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Poprad city (Slovakia)

Poprad okres, Presov region

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Poprad flag

Poprad flag submitted through Rob Raeside, 27 July 1999

Poprad is 15 km southwest of Kezmarok, an important railway and road junction in East Slovakia with 30.000 inhabitants.
Jarig Bakker, 3 May 1999

Since July 15, 1996 all symbols of Poprad were changed. But the description in "Public Notice 3/96 amendment" (Novelizácia Všeobecne záväzného nariadenia 3/96)  has some evident mistakes. The ratio of Flag (two equal horizontal stripes white over blue) is according to this source 2:2 (!) and the swallow-tail reaches to the 1/2 of the field (?). The Arms are Azure and Vert (??) a representation of Saint Aegidius the Eremite, wearing the red vestment and mitre, holding a crozier and a book /supplement colour -golden.  The depiction on the Poprad website shows Azure a Representation of St Aegidius, vested Argent ina coat Gules (clasp Or), holding a closed Book and a Crozier and having a mitre of the third. Nothing is green (neither chief nor the base), no notice about the coat in description.
Ales Krizan, 11 Jun 2001

The territory of Poprad was one of the first settlements of the primeval man. The locality near Gánovce is known since the beginning of the 20th century by the finding of the cast of the cranium of primeval man. The cast is stored in the National Museum in Prague. The territory of the present Poprad was settled by Celts, Germanics, Tatars and Mongols.The name of Poprad is found in the oldest document dating back to 1209. It is the document of King Andrew II, who gives the Spiš territory around Poprad to the Priest Adolf and his sister. The donation document issued by the Hungarian king Bela IV dating back to 1256 is the real first mention about this small town. After 1241 people coming from Germany joined the original inhabitants. The Germans gradually outnumbered the original population and the name Poprad was changed to Deutschendorf. Later on the town belonged to Poland for some time. Gradually the administration and crafts developed here. In 1692 the paper mill was founded. This period is considered to be the turning point of the manufacturing and factory production. The year 1871 brought the significant turnaround in the development of Poprad. The railway was constructed in this year and Poprad became the centre of the upper Spiš region. Poprad is situated in the centre of the Tatra Basin. Its area is 63 square kilometres. Poprad is formed by six parts - Poprad, Kvetnica, Matejovce, Spišská Sobota, Stráže pod Tatrami and Veľká. All together they have approximately 56,000 inhabitants. Source: Poprad website, reported by Ales Krizan, 11 Jun 2001

Poprad new Coat of Arms

Poprad new Coat of Arms from Poprad website, reported by Ales Krizan, 11 Jun 2001

Poprad Coat of Arms

Poprad Coat of Arms from . (!Link does not work any more!)

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