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Pula (Town, Istria County, Croatia)


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Flag of Pula - Image by Željko Heimer, 5 September 2009

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Presentation of Pula

Pula (Italian, Pola), while not the capital of the Istria County, is its largest town and urban center, situated at the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. It has just under 63,000 inhabitants, most of them living in the town itself.
The town was settled in the Roman times, that is more than obvious by the huge well-preserved arena dominating the town's landscape. In modern times, it began it grow in importance when the Austrian started using the port for naval purposes; shipbuilding and military-related industry started there in the 18th century.

Željko Heimer, 22 February 2004

Flag of Pula

The symbols of Pula are described in the Town Statutes Statut Grada Pule (pročišćeni tekst), adopted on 7 November 2006 by the Town Council and published on 8 November 2006 in the Town official gazette Službene novine Grad Pule, No. 9.
This is repeated in the current Town Statutes Statut Grada Pula - Pola, adopted on 14 July 2009 by the Town Council and published on 15 July 2009 in the Town official gazette Službene novine Grad Pule / Bollettino ufficiale della Città di Pola, No. 7.

The flag is in proportions 2:1, green with an off-centered yellow cross.
This design is in opposition with the regulations prescribing that the flag should be of one color with the coat of arms in the middle. I do not know what is the official status of the flag, but it is extensivly used in the town, including on public buildings and local administration.

Željko Heimer, 1 March 1999

Coat of arms of Pula

[Town coat of arms]         [Town coat of arms]

Coat of arms of Pula, regular and ceremonial versions - Images by Željko Heimer, 6 July 2000

The coat of arms (municipal website) is the historical coat of arms of Pula, made of a green shield with a golden Latin cross throughout.
The ceremonial version of the coat of arms adds an ornamental Renaissance border to the shield, with curls at the upper corners and a stylized fleur-de-lis and a white ribbon at the top.
Ströhl (Städte-Wappen von Ö-U, 1904) [stl04] shows the same coat of arms, referring to its antiquity. At that time a Laubkrone (trefoiled crown) was used atop the shield.

Željko Heimer, 5 September 2009

Former symbols of Pula

[Town flag]         [Town coat of arms]

Former flag and arms of Pula - Images by Željko Heimer, 22 February 2004

After the Second World War, the town used a blue flag with the coat of arms in the middle.
The coat of arms was a blue shield with a white representation of the arena, waves in the base and a red five-pointed star in the upper sinister corner. I believe that these symbols were adopted in the late 1960s or early 1970s and abandoned in the early 1990s. A half a dozen of stone carved coat of arms of this period,together with some older ones, which were put before mostly above the entrances of public buildings, are preserved in the Pula Museum, located in the fort atop a hill in the middle of the town.

Željko Heimer, 22 February 2004

The flag was also used vertically, as shown on a photo made locally on 5 July 1986 by the late Anton Jansen, editor of Vlaggen [vlg].

Jan Mertens, 6 September 2010

Sailing Club "Uljanik Plovidba" (Jedriličarski klub "Uljanik Plovidba")

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Burgee of Sailing Club "Uljanik Plovidba" - Image by Željko Heimer, 4 July 2001

The burgee of the club (website) is a dark blue triangular pennant defaced with a white disk containing the emblem of the Uljanik shipyard.
Uljanik is a big company built around a shipyard in Pula, to which the club is connected. The year of the establishing of the shipyard, 1856, is written in the middle of the emblem.

Željko Heimer, 4 July 2001