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The well in the escutcheon is representing the Mandusevac springs that once were in the place of the main city square of Zagreb, and where there is a fountain now. The other elements of the arms are based on the arms of
Croatia, Slavonia and Dalmatia.

In the grants of arms issued by the Empress and Queen Maria Teresia on July 17, 1759, when the County of Zagreb was officially formed for the first time, the green and white bars are explained as the rivers Sava and Kupa "encircling the County". An other explanation that was popularised around the time of the adoption is that the bars are derived from the old arms of the Turopolje noble community, south of Zagreb.
The present arms differ only from the historical arms of Zagreb County in that the bars in the fourth quarter are no longer shown as waves.

The County of Zagreb was re-established in 1993, but the city of Zagreb itself was excluded from it in a separate city with a county status, so the County included only so called "Zagreb ring". In 1995 the two were merged.

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

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