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Bijelo Polje (Municipality, Montenegro)

Бијело Поље

Last modified: 2008-10-11 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Bijelo Polje

The municipality of Bijelo Polje (lit., "the White Field"; 57,124 inhabitants in 2003; 15,883 inhabitants in the town of Bijelo Polje proper; 924 sq. km) is located in the valley of the Lim. The pleasant valley of the river Lim, with its tributary rivers Bistrica, Ljubovidja and Ljesnica, has always been attractive for people to settle and live in it. The traces of life in Illyrian, Greek and Roman period can be noticed there, up to the modern times.
Thanks to the railway Belgrade-Bar and to a developed road network, Bijelo Polje has a very favourable geographic position. Among cultural and historical monuments, the church of St Petar is of a special importance. The famous Miroslav's gospel, written for its needs in the XIIth century, is one of the most famous Cyrillic written works. In the vicinity of Bijelo Polje, there is the mineral water processing factory Bijela Rada and the wool processing factory Bijelo Polje.

Milan Jovanović, 3 September 2007

Flag of Bijelo Polje

The flag of Bijelo Polje is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
The flag is shown on several photographs available on the municipal website (image galleries). It seems to be used only indoors (or, at least, it is shown only indoors), together with the national flag of Montenegro, most probably in the Council Room of the town hall. The white field of the flag was, undoubtedly, chosen as a reference to the name of the town.

The front page of the municipal website shows a simplified coat of arms, since it lacks the scroll above the shield, which can be seen on the flag and on the coat of arms appended to the wall of the Council Room, also seen on several photographs.
The International Civic Heraldry website shows a completely different coat of arms for Bijelo Polje, as communicated by Dragomir Acović. This coat of arms must have been used before the independence of Montenegro or even already in the Socialist period (the figure in chief refers to the struggle for national liberation and to the revolution).
The new coat of arms seems to conform with the new national symbols, changing the background colour to red, but retaining the main elements of the previous coat of arms, the book and the sunflower.

Milan Jovanović, Ivan Sache & Željko Heimer, 7 February 2008