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Kozje (Municipality, Slovenia)

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[Flag of Kozje]

Municipal flag of Kozje - Image by Željko Heimer, 25 August 2002

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Municipal flag of Kozje

The flag and arms of Kozje are prescribed by the municipal statutes Statutarni sklep (Kozje), adopted on 21 December 1995 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 6/96.

The flag is rectangular, in proportions 1:2, horizontally divided green-white-green with the coat of arms slightly offset towards the hoist. The coat of arms is determined to be 1/2 of the hoist high, spreading with its 1/6 of height over both green fields. The vertical axis of the coat of arms is offset towards the hoist from the middle for 1/4 of the coat of arms width.

The academic painter Peter Krivec, who designed the symbols, explains (article) how he was inspired by an old caot of arms, dated 1516, preserved in the St. Mary Assumption Church in Kozje, that includes the "goat-dragon", with goat horns and beard, characteristic of the local legends, and how he had already used in 1971 the same elements in a wall-painting for the building of the local fire brigade.

Željko Heimer, 25 June 2010

Coat of arms of Kozje

[Coat of arms of Kozje]

Coat of arms of Kozje - Image by Željko Heimer, 25 August 2002

The coat of arms of Kozje was probably designed after some historical model. It is very similar to the coat of arms of Ljubljana, but this is probably just a coincidence. The main difference is that the Kozje dragon has the tail around the tower while the Ljubljana dragon has the tail encircled in the air.
The coat of arms can be blazoned as "Gules on a tower argent a dragon vert langued of the first with the tail encircling the tower".
The description of the arms in the aforementioned statutes states that the dragon has spread bat wings and goat horns and beard. This last mention might be of importance since goat is canting for the name of the place.

Željko Heimer, 25 August 2002

Table flag of Kozje

[Table flag]

Table flag of Kozje - Image reconstructed by Željko Heimer, 25 August 2002

The table flag of Kozje is prescribed by Decision Odlok o simbolih Občine Kozje, adopted on 5 October 2000 and published in the official Slovene gazette Uradni list Republike Slovenije, 98/2000. The coat of arms shall be downset and appropriately rotated. The placement of the arms here is not defined in the same detailed way as for the horizontal flag, so the drawing shown above is only one possible reconstruction.
The Decision gives the colour specifications as:
- Red: SCC 15
- Green: SCC 57.

Željko Heimer, 18 February 2006