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Rab (Town, Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Croatia)

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Flag of Rab, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009


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Presentation of Rab

Rab is a Town located on the island of the same name near the coast beneath the Velebit mountain range, some 60 km south of Rijeka. The town has 8,065 inhabitants according to the 2001 census, 437 in the village of Rab proper.
Rab is known in Italian as Arbe, a name originating from the ancient Roman times when the town was established and known as Felix Arba. The attribute "Felix" was given to towns in Roman times as a special gratitude.

Željko Heimer, 29 June 2003


Flag of Rab

The symbols of Rab are described in the Town Statutes Statut Grada Raba, adopted on 30 December 1993 by the Town Assembly and published on 7 March 1994 in the County official gazette Službene novine Županije primorsko-goranske, No. 6, describe the symbols. The description is repeated word for word in the Town Statutes Statut Grada Raba, adopted on 5 October 2001 by the Town Assembly and published on 10 October 2001 in Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, No. 24, and in the current Statutes Statut Grada Raba (text), adopted on 14 July 2009 by the Town Assembly and published on 20 July 2009 in Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, No. 27.

The flag (image) is described in Article 10 of the Town Statutes, as follows:

The flag of the Town of Rab is composed of two colors, diagonally divided in the middle: Marian blue and white with the coat of arms of the Town of Rab in the middle bordered with the shield colored golden, with the crown of St. Christopher above from which is hanging the ribbon of glory seven times surrounding a wreath on the one side of olive and on the other of black oak and containing the inscription "Felix Arba".

The symbols were not approved by the Ministry.

The flag is used in horizontal and vertical versions.

Željko Heimer, 7 December 2009


Coat of arms of Rab

Traditional coat of arms

[Municipality coat of arms]

Traditional coat of arms of Rab - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009

The coat of arms (image) actually used in the town is described in Article 9 of the Town Statutes, as follows:

The coat of arms of the Town of Rab is of shield shape, with the ratio of its height to the width 1:0.9. In the first [lower] third of the height, there is an eight-pointed star above a crescent moon both being in front three wavy lines symbolizing the sea. The star and the moon are set in the middle vetically. In the right part of the shield, on the top wavy line is the silhouette of the Town of Rab, where the large belfry (St. Mary belfry) is set in the very vertical axis of the shield so that the ball at the top of the belfry is set on the 0.7 of the total height. In the left of the shield is the depiction of St. Christopher, shown from the front in early Romanesque style. The background of the shield is blue, the crescent, wavy lines and the skyline of Rab are silver while the star and the St. Christopher's depiction are golden.

As reported by Oštrić [osg02], the coats of arms used since the Middle Ages contains a representation of St. Christopher crossing a river carrying Baby Jesus, and, in his right hand, a staff with a branched end. A crescent and mullet also appeared regularly.

The white and light blue ribbon certainly refers to the flag of San Marino. The saint who established this republic was born in Rab, where his tradition is well respected.

Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009


Modernized coat of arms

[Coat of arms]

Modernized coat of arms of Rab - Image by Željko Heimer, 29 June 2003

Oštrić [osg02] shows a modernized version of the coat of arms, presumably designed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company, from Rijeka. It is noted in the book, though, that this version is not used, and that the traditional version is still in use.

Željko Heimer, 29 June 2003


Tunera sports club

[Tunera]

Flag of Tunera - Image by "Rabko", Panoramio website, 17 March 2007

Tunera (website), locted in Supetarska Draga, Municipality of Rab, is an "organization for promotion of all sports and recreational sea activities and the protection of coastal flora and fauna like fishing, diving, sailing, rowing, beach volleyball, ecological actions of brushing the coast and the sea, etc."

Valentin Poposki, 26 February 2009