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Višegrad (Municipality, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina)


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[Municipal flag]  [Municipal flag] images by Tomislav Šipek, 27 June 2024

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Flag of Višegrad

The flag of Višegrad is white with the coat of arms in the middle (Town's portal, photos no longer online).

Aleksandar Nemet, 18 June 2009

Horizontal and vertical flags of the municipality are seen at:

Tomislav Šipek, 27 June 2024

[Municipal flag] image by Tomislav Šipek, 27 June 2024

A variant flag contains the town name also.
Tomislav Šipek, 27 June 2024

Coat of arms of Višegrad

[Municipal arms] image by Željko Heimer, 5 February 2013

The coat of arms of Višegrad, adopted in 1997, is described in Article 6 of the Municipal Statutes Statut Opštine Višegrad, adopted in 2008 by the Municipal Assembly, as follows:

The symbol of the Municipality is a coat of arms, which is the combination of several symbols.
The tree towers of the medieval city of Pavlović symbolize the establishment of the town.
Between two planked areas of a stylized canyon is situated the Dobrun monastery, and beneath it the bridge of Mehmed Paša Sokolović*.
Two rivers, the smaller Rzav and the larger Drina, are connected with the symbol of catholoicity with four firesteels.
The colours are so: on a light blue background are marked dark blue hills and rivers, the monastery is white, the bridge is in the colour of tufa, that is, light ochre. In the small red shield the firesteels are yellow, and the entire coat of arms is edged in yellow.

*Mehmed Paša Sokolović (Turkish, Sokollu Mehmet Paşa), a Bosnian of Slavic ethnicity, was the Grand Vizir of Sultan Suleiman I and of two of his successors, Selim II and Murat III. During his de facto rule of the Ottoman Empire, he erected numerous buildings, but probably the most famous is the bridge on the Drina in Višegrad, made famous by the Nobel laureate Ivo Andrić in his novel The Bridge on the Drina, and registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List (description).

**The red shield with the firesteels is explained in the text as a symbol of catholicity (Serbian, sabornost), one of the four marks of the Church in accordance to the Nicene Creed ("one holy catholic and apostolic Church"), meaning universality (not limited to a time, place, race or culture...).
However, the term sabornost also has political connotations to extreme right-wing ideas of Serbian Orthodox ideology towards totalitarian social concepts. It is unclear what is really meant here.

Željko Heimer, 5 February 2013

Table flag of Višegrad

[Municipal flag]    [Municipal flag] images by Željko Heimer, 17 February 2013

Višegrad also uses a table flag (photo, photo, photo).

Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 5 February 2013