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Flag of Crikvenica, horizontal and vertical versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 17 August 2003
The symbols of Crikvenica are prescribed by Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Općine Crikvenice, adopted on 3 August 1995 by the Town Assembly and published on 10 May 1996 in the County official gazette Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, No. 12. The Decision prescribes that it shall be published in the gazette after the Ministry approves the design, which happened only in May 1996.
Decision Odluka o uvjetima uporabe grba i zastave Grada Crikvenice, adopted on 3 August 1998 by the Town Assembly and published on 21 August 1998 in Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, No. 17, elaborates on conditions of use of the town symbols and the procedure for their commercial exploitation.
The Town Statutes Statut Grada Crikvenice, adopted on 11 October 2001 by the Town Assembly and published on 26 October 2001 in Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, No. 26, describe the symbol in Article 4. So do the current Statutes Statut Grada Crikvenice, adopted on 14 July 2009 by the Town Assembly and published on 15 July 2009 in Službene novine Primorsko-goranske županije, No. 26.
The symbols were designed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company, from Rijeka.
The flag is in proportions 1:2, yellow with the coat of arms in the middle.
Željko Heimer, 7 December 2009
Coat of arms of Crikvenica - Image by Željko Heimer, 17 August 2003
The coat of arms is blue with a house over a bridge with an embattled tower to the right and a bell-tower to the left all argent, from which is issuing a golden palm tree.
The coat of arms shows the Frankapan Tower, within the complex of the Crikvenica castle - the Pauline monastery established by the Frankapan in 1412. The monastery and church, which provided the name for Crikvenica, developed from cr(i)kva, "a church".
Željko Heimer, 9 December 2009
Former coat of arms (1978)
Former coat of arms of Crikvenica - Image by Željko Heimer, 9 December 2009
Before the adoption of the current symbols, Crikvenica adopted its first "coat of arms" during the Socialist period in 1978, designed by Pero Čimbur, a productive designer of numerous municipal arms in the late Yugoslav period. The coat of arms (emblem) is typical of the style of the period, remote from traditional heraldry: in a light blue shield a gray tower between two white sails ensigned with a green tree above a gray bridge with tree arches over a blue river and in base a brown ship affronty its top in chevron inverted edged green its oar holes gules and in the chief a red five-pointed star. The ship's oar holes forms letter "C" for Crikvenica, the bridge is that over stream Dubracina near which the Frankapan Tower was erected in the 15th century. It is set between two "sails" representing the two other towns at the time being parts of the municipality, territorially larger than the current Town, Novi Vinodolski and Selca and the trees represent the forest laying in the hinterland.
The designing process of the coat of arms is described vividly by the author in his book Natjecanje za grb [cim85].
Željko Heimer, 9 December 2009
600th anniversary flag and gonfanon of Crikvenica - Images by Željko Heimer, 22 October 2016
Crikvenica celebrated in 2012 the 600th anniversary of the first mention of its name in an official document, a charter signed on 14 August 1412 by Duke Nicolas IV Frankopan, granting a monastery to the Pauline monks. Among other things the town made a ceremonial flag for the occasion.
The flag is a Bordeaux red gonfalon with three rectangular tails with a golden fringe. In the centre is the logo of the celebration, a stylized town with a tower and a belfry as in the coat of arms, over a bridge, encircled with the inscription "600 godina Crikvenice" (600 years of Crikvenica). Below the inscription is repeated in a line in Glagolitic letters ".Ⱈ. ⰃⰑⰄⰋⰐⰀ ⰜⰓⰋⰍⰂⰅⰐⰋⰜⰅ".
The flag (photo) was set in the Town Assembly Hall in place of the ceremonial flag, effectively replacing it, and it is still so used.
A regular flag is also used outdoors (photo).
The flag is a part of an overall set designed for the anniversary and the Medieval Fair by Veronika Žuvić, who is employed by the Heraldic Art d.o.o. company, from Rijeka (gallery). The drawing there shows triangularly ending tails of the gonfalon, while the actual flag has sraight rectangular tails; the fair flag, however, has triangularly ending tails.
While initial letter "heru" in the Glagolitic inscription should be set between two dots, indicating that the letter should be read as numeral, with numerical value of 600, as it appears in some depictions of the logo, in most of the depictions the dots are omitted (program".
Željko Heimer & Tomislav Šipek, 22 October 2016