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Vračar (Municipality, Serbia)


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Flag of Vračar - Image by Jorge Hurtado , Ivan Sarajčić & Tomislav Todorović, 5 April 2006

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Flag of Vračar

The coat of arms of Vračar, the smallest municipality of the town of Belgrade, can be blazoned as:

Azure, a cross or; the cross being representation of the real cross from the top of the St. Sava church, crowned with a mural crown or, with supporters on a postament two saints each holding a flag, Belgrade dexter and Vračar sinister, with a ribbon with the name ofthe municipality in Cyrillic letters.

There seems to be a very small shield in base of this coat of arms.

Željko Heimer, 17 April 1999

The four "billets" attached to the vertical arms of the cross have raised parts along their top, inner vertical and bottom edges, which form stylized firesteels.

This specific form of the cross, with the gutters along the arms' midlines, four "billets", charged with stylized firesteels, between the arms and small spheres at the arms' endings, is officially adopted by the Serbian Orthodox Church as the Cross of St Sava. In Eastern Orthodox Church, this is a rare case of attributing a specific form of the cross to a particular saint. As a stand-alone object, the cross is usually of Greek type, with small spheres on all arms' endings; on the flag and coat of arms of Vracar, it is of Latin type, raising from a large sphere, as seen on the top of the St. Sava's church. Consequently, that part of the blazon could also be:
Azure, a cross of St Sava issuant from a sphere or.
The object which looks like a very small shield in base of the coat of arms is in fact the print of the seal of St Sava, as seen in medieval manuscripts. It is red, fimbriated white and charged with white Cyrillic inscription SAVA (second and third letters conjoined into a ligature) and is placed at the compartment, just beneath the shield of arms.
The supporters hold not only the flags, but also an archpriest's staff (of Eastern Orthodox type) each.

A large and detailed image of the achievement of the arms of Vracar can be seen on the International Civic Heraldry website.

Tomislav Todorović, 5 April 2006