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Flag of Sinj, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 22 November 2013


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Flag of Sinj

The symbols of Sinj are described in the Town Statutes, last amended in 2013.
The symbols were approved by the Ministry of Administration, as requested on 25 September 2003 by the municipal administration.

The flag is described in Article 7b of the amended Statutes as follows:

The flag of the Town of Sinj is in size 500 x 1000 mm, that iis, in proportions 1:2, coloured white. At the first divider of a third of its length or height (if it is the vertical version), equally distanced from the top and bottom part of the flag, is the coat of arms of the Town of Sinj.
The coat of arms is proportional to the flag size.

[Town flag]

Flag of Sinj, variant in use - Images by Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009

The flag appears to be also used with the coat of arms centered (photo). This variant may possibly be eventually phased out with the flag showing the off-centered arms as per the latest prescriptions, but that may take some time.

Željko Heimer & Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 3 December 2013


Coat of arms of Sinj

[Town coat of arms]

Coat of arms of Sinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009

The coat of arms is described in Article 7a of the amended Statutes as follows:

The coat of arms of the Town of Sinj has a semi-circular shield shape. On the blue background is set up centrally the figure of an alkar with a shield and a spear on a playful horse. In the alkar's shield is a stylized alka. The figure is made in a silver-black combination.
The alkar is topped with a crown from which is issuing a stylized lily having a small ball at the end of its petals. The crown is coloured yellow-golden, as is the stylized lily. The lily may also be left uncoloured, that is, silver.

The horseman is an alkar in traditional garment - participant in traditional knightly games played in Sinj for almost 300 years - since 1715, in memory of the victory of 700 soldiers from Sinj over 60,000 Turks. The alka is a double concentric ring that is to be pierced with the spear by the horseman.

Željko Heimer, 22 November 2013


Table flag of Sinj

[Town flag]

Table flag of Sinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 December 2015

The table flag is similar to the municipal vertical flag (photo).
Another table flag (photo) appears to be a simplification of the putative ceremonial flag hinted in some sources - a white vertical, triangularly ending, flag with the coat of arms in the centre, the town's name in two rows above it and grapevine and olive branches beneath.

Željko Heimer & Marko Vitez, 5 December 2015


Former symbols of Sinj

Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sinja, adopted on 12 July 2010 by the Town Assembly and published on 13 July 2010 in Službeni glasnik Grada Sinja, No. 5, supersedes Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sinja, adopted in 1994 by the Town Assembly and published in the Town official gazette Službeni glasnik Grada Sinja, No. 9.
However, the description of the symbols in the 2010 Decision does not match the symbols in use and those presented on the municipal website as approved by the Ministry in 2003. I guess that the wording in the 2010 decision was copied (in error?) from the original 1994 decision, even though these were not the symbols that were eventually adopted and approved in 2003.

The flag is described in Article 6 of the Decision as follows:

The flag of the Town of Sinj is in size 500 mm x 1000 mm, that is of such proportions, white with a red lengthwise stripe above the top edge and a blue along the bottom edge, the stripes being 1/8 of the width of the white field. At the first division of the third of the flag's length, on the white field is a vertical oval, somewhat distant from the red and the blue stripes. In the top part of the oval is depicted the figure of the Lady of Sinj, and in the bottom part is shown the fort of Sinj Grad and Kamičak. The Lady of Sinj, Grad and Kamičak are depicted in recognizable silhouettes made of one colour from golden to black.

Obviously, such a flag had no chance to be approved and was probably never manufacture.

The coat of arms is described in Article 5 of the Decision as follows:

The coat of arms of the Town of Sinj is in a shield shape divided horizontally with a ribbon or a thread [a barrulet] in two fields. In the border of the shield in the top part, coloured red, in the middle of it, is a royal golden crown from which a lily is issuing having a small ball at the tops of the petals. In the lower field of the shield coloured blue there is an alkar [horseman competing in the alka competition] on a horse with a spear and a shield, on which an alka [the ring to be pierced with a spear by the competitors] is stylized. The alkar on the playful horse with the spear and the shield is depicted in a silver-black combination.

This is obviously similar to the current coat of arms, which lacks the fimbriated red chief.

Željko Heimer, 29 October 2011