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Flag of Sinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009
The symbols of Sinj (municipal website) were approved by the Ministry of Administration, as requested on 25 September 2003 by the municipal administration.
The flag is in proportions 1:2, white with the coat of arms, in the middle.
Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009
Coat of arms of Sinj - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009
The coat of arms is "Azure a horseman on a running horse holding a spear in his right and a circular shield ensigned with an alka in his left all argent and in chief a crown or".
The horseman is an alkar in traditional garment - participant in traditional knightly games played in Sinj for almost 300 years - since 1715, in memory of the victory of 700 soldiers from Sinj over 60,000 Turks. The alka is a double concentric ring that is to be pierced with the spear by the horseman.
Željko Heimer, 27 August 2009
Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sinja, adopted on 12 July 2010 by the Town Assembly and published on 13 July 2010 in Službeni glasnik Grada Sinja, No. 5, supersedes Decision Odluka o grbu i zastavi Grada Sinja, adopted in 1994 by the Town Assembly and published in the Town official gazette Službeni glasnik Grada Sinja, No. 9.
However, the description of the symbols in the 2010 Decision does not match the symbols in use and those presented on the municipal website as approved by the Ministry in 2003. I guess that the wording in the 2010 decision was copied (in error?) from the original 1994 decision, even though these were not the symbols that were eventually adopted and approved in 2003.
The flag is described in Article 6 of the Decision as follows:
The flag of the Town of Sinj is in size 500 mm x 1000 mm, that is of such proportions, white with a red lengthwise stripe above the top edge and a blue along the bottom edge, the stripes being 1/8 of the width of the white field. At the first division of the third of the flag's length, on the white field is a vertical oval, somewhat distant from the red and the blue stripes. In the top part of the oval is depicted the figure of the Lady of Sinj, and in the bottom part is shown the fort of Sinj Grad and Kamičak. The Lady of Sinj, Grad and Kamičak are depicted in recognizable silhouettes made of one colour from golden to black.
Obviously, such a flag had no chance to be approved and was probably never manufacture.
The coat of arms is described in Article 5 of the Decision as follows:
The coat of arms of the Town of Sinj is in a shield shape divided horizontally with a ribbon or a thread [a barrulet] in two fields. In the border of the shield in the top part, coloured red, in the middle of it, is a royal golden crown from which a lily is issuing having a small ball at the tops of the petals. In the lower field of the shield coloured blue there is an alkar [horseman competing in the alka competition] on a horse with a spear and a shield, on which an alka [the ring to be pierced with a spear by the competitors] is stylized. The alkar on the playful horse with the spear and the shield is depicted in a silver-black combination.
This is obviously similar to the current coat of arms, which lacks the fimbriated red chief.
Željko Heimer, 29 October 2011