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Bileća (Municipality, Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina)


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[Municipal flag]

Flag of Bileća - Image by Ivan Sarajčić, 20 February 1999

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Flag of Bileća

The symbols of Bileća, designed by the Serbian Heraldry Society, were adopted in December 1998 (Usvojen i novi grb ileće | New arms of Bileća approved as well, Glasnik SHD Gazette, No. 11).

The flag is "Gules two crosslets in sinister argent".
The flag is taken from the crest of the coat of arms of the Kosača family, as shown in Genealogical tables and coats of arms of the Serb dynasties and nobility [mrd87]. Stjepan Vukčić Kosača held in 1448 the title of Duke of St. Sava, in Serbian Herceg od sv. Save; the name of Herzegovina was taken from the medieval Kosača state.

Ivan Sarajčić & Željko Heimer, 21 January 2013

Coat of arms of Bileća

The lesser coat of arms of Bileća is "Argent issuant from a triple mount gules a cross azure throughout and in the inescutheon of the second a double-headed eagle displayed argent armed or".
The middle coat of arms is set on a roundel barry wavy azure and argent in the base bordered with a circular ribbon inscribed with the municipality name. In the centre the lesser arms topped with a silver masoned crown with three embattlements between two oak branches with acorns proper.
The greater coat of arms (image) includes the lesser arms crowned with a silver crown with two lions rampant with eight-shaped tails as supporters standing on oval rocks with barry wavy azure and argent between them all on the top of the crenellations of two towers gules and a ribbon between them inscribed with the town name. The lion dexter is barry gules and argent holding the flag of Republika Srpska on a tournament lace and sinister is gules holding the flag of Bileća on a tournament lace. Both lions have their other front paw replaced with a human hand holding a scimitar, the dexter armoured and the sinister naked. The supporters are taken from the crest of the apocryphal arms of the Nemanjić dynasty and the arms of Kosača. The embowed hands with scimitars remind to the historical arms of Rama (armoured) and Primorje (naked). The eight-shaped tails of the lions remind to the year (13)88, when the Duke of St. Sava defeeated the Turks at the Field of Bileća.

Željko Heimer, 21 January 2013