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Croatian Civic Heraldry

ZADAR

Origin/meaning:
The coat of arms is modernized version of the ancient arms of Zadar (known also by the Italian name Zara, see below) picturing the patron saint of the city St. Grisogon (Sv. Krševan) in full armour riding a horse and holding a shield and a flag in front of the city walls beside the coast (water). The image was changed according to the artistic preference of time and rulers. During the period of the socialist Yugoslavia, the horseman was shown with pure red banner.


The arms of Zara as shown in the 1940s. The crown shows the lion of St. Mark, symbol of the city of Venice, as the city historically belonged to the Republic of Venice.

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



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