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County : Split and Dalmatia

Coat of arms of Stari Grad

The arms have been adopted on March 14, 2001.

The arms show a fortified city wall, which is based on the medieval seals and medieval arms of the city. The colour has generally been shown as blue, but historically a red shield has been used as well.

In 1879 the city was granted a new coat of arms: quartered, 1) a stone pine (umbrella pine, Pinus pinea ) and a vine tree in an wheat field with a goat, symbolic for the fertility of the region; 2) an antique sailing ship, symbolic for the Greek colonisation; 3) a large stone masoned wall on the bank of a bay, for the old Pharos, with an olive tree, myrtle and rosemary and 4) symbolic for hope, a lion standing on a cliff by a raising sun and a swallow flying above. Around the shield were two green snakes carying the motto "LABOREMVS" (i.e. Let's work). These arms were abandoned in 1918 when the old arms were restored.

Coat of arms of Stari Grad
The arms as used from 1879-1918 (image by Ströhl)
Coat of arms of Stari Grad
The arms as shown in the 1930s in the Kava Hag Album
Coat of arms of Stari Grad
The symbol from 1997-2001

Literature : Image taken from http://zeljko-heimer-fame.from.hr/descr/index.html (with permission)

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