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Flag of Ivanić-Grad - Image by Željko Heimer, 1 August 2012
The town of Ivanić-Grad is located some 20 km. south-east of Zagreb. It counts 13,500 inhabitants, half of that number living in the urban area itself. Until 1997, Ivanić-Grad was part of the Sisak-Moslavina County, at first (until mid 1993) with the Municipality status.
Željko Heimer, 8 June 2004
The symbols of Ivanić-Grad are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Ivanic-Grada (text), adopted on 13 March 2008 by the Town Assembly and published in the town official gazette Službeni glasnik Grada Ivanić-Grad, No. 3.
The Decision, among others, invalidates a previous Decision published in 1994 in Službeni glasnik Grada Ivanić-Grad, No. 4. I strongly suspect that there is nothing of consequence regarding the design of the symbols that was changed since. So, the coat of arms and the flag were formally adopted in 2008, but are probably the same as the 1994 version.
The current Town Statutes Statut Grada Ivanić-Grad (text), adopted on 13 July 2009 by the Town Assembly and published the same day in Službeni glasnik Grada Ivanić-Grad, No. 7, includes the description of the coat of arms and the flag, unlike the previous Statutes (2001), which only mention the symbols.
The flag (photo) is described as a blue flag, with proportions 1:2, with the coat of arms in the middle.
Željko Heimer & Marko Vitez, 1 August 2012
Coat of arms of Ivanić-Grad - Image by Željko Heimer, 1 August 2012
The coat of arms of Ivanić-Grad is described in the aforementioned Decision as "Azure a tower with three embattlements between three bulrushes at each side." However, the town Statutes call the plants irises.
Quoting the municipal website:
The oldest historical data on the use of the seal of the Free Market Town of Ivanić-Grad is from the 17th century. The symbolic and contents of the seal are preserved in a document from 1664. The seal is circular, containing in the middle a stone-masoned tower on a wide basement. The tower is topped with embattlements, and has opened doors. On both sides of it are three stalks of flowering lilies. Along the outer rim is inscription "S COMMUNIT TATIS DE IVANICH" (seal of the Community of Ivanić).
The seal contents can be connected with the location of Ivanić-Grad on an island in Lonja Field, where the old town stood surrounded with marshes of flowering lilies. The tower is beyond any doubt symbol of defence significance of the town, confirmed from the erection of oldest fortresses by Zagreb bishops until the Renaissance impenetrable castle during the most critical years of Turkish raids.
New town coat of arms and seal have been used since 1792 when the new Town Executive Board was established, initially used with German inscription "MILITAR-COMMUNITAT FESTUNG IVANIC" (Imperial-Royal Military Community of Ivanić). After 1872 the inscription was replaced with a Croatian one.
In that new coat of arms there is no ancient symbolic. The new coat of arms preserved in seals on numerous documents of the town administration and stone-carved still standing on the town hall building in Ivanić, retained oval shape, the central symbolic of the old tower with opened doors, onto which is set the Croatian coat of arms, above it the Royal crown and a cross. This is supported with two Imperial griffins. The inscription reads "POGLAVARSTVO GRADA IVANIĆ TVRĐE" (Executive Board of the Town of Ivanic Fortress).
Željko Heimer, 27 December 2009