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Flag of Stari Mikanovci - Image by Željko Heimer, 30 August 2008
Stari Mikanovci is located some 40 km west of Vukovar. It has about 3,400 inhabitants, some 2,700 in the village of the same name, the rest in the village of Novi Mikanovci.
Željko Heimer, 30 August 2008
The flag of Stari Mikanovci is in proportions 1:2, blue with the coat of arms, bordered white, in the middle.
Željko Heimer & Pascal Gross, 30 August 2008
Coat of arms of Stari Mikanovci - Image by Željko Heimer, 30 August 2008
The coat of arms is "Azure a double vessel or on a mount vert".
The vessel shown is an ancient vessel from the Vučedol culture (3000 - 2300 BC) found in Mikanovci.
The coat of arms was designed by Antonio Grgić, of Pikant Marketing.
Quoting the paper "The last municipality without its official symbols in the Vukovar-Srijem County, Stari Mikanovci, granted a coat of arms and a flag", published on 29 December 2007 by M. Ban in the regional newspapers Glas Slavonije.
The municipality of Stari Mikanovci was one of the few units of local self-government in Croatia without its coat of arms and flag*, because the proposal for the coat of arms, designed some ten years ago, was rejected by the State Commission and since then the question was not raised by anyone. The current Assembly, headed by Mayor Tadija Orlović, actualized the issue of inexistence of the coat of arms and a company from Koprivnica was hired and designed a proposal.*The claim that Stari Mikanovci is "one of the few units of local self-government in Croatia without its coat of arms and flag" is incorrect. I would say that at most some 60% of the units do have a coat of arms and a flag. Moreover, I am not convinced that the claim that all other local entities in the Vukovar-Srijem County already have a symbol should be taken seriously. Out of 26 entities we have some kind of info on 16 of them and nothing about the rest. **The Commission is not organized in the State Archives but in the Central State Office for the Administration, although the State Archives are required to provide an advice and at least one member in the Commission is from the State Archives.
- It was our wish that in the Mikanovci's coat of arms is not [sic] included the St. Bartholomew (Sv. Bartol) church; the proposal was to include it in the central part of the coat of arms, since it is an unique historical, cultural and architectural monument of which Mikanovci people are so proud of. That proposal was refused by the Commission in the State Archives**, with explanation that there are already too many coats of arms displaying castles, towers, churches and other buildings - Mayor Orlović explained to us.
Therefore they decided for another also very valuable and recognizable characteristic of Mikanovci - a two-fold vessel of the Vučedol culture from the period between 3000 and 2300 BC.
- This valuable archaeological finding was located in ruins in Stari Mikanovci when the elementary school was being built, and it symbolizes the long lasting settlement of the area - Orlović says.
The vessel is golden, symbolizing the golden-yellow wheat fields and the sun obove the plains. The vessel stands on a hill symbolizing the ruins of Stari Mikanovci in which it was found, but also the hill of Novi Mikanovci, upon which is located the St. Bartholomew church.
- The green hill is the symbol of fields in spring, meadows and centuries-old Slavonian woods, and the blue background is the sky above the Slavonian plains. The same blue is in the flag, in the centre of which is coat of arms set - Orlović concludes.
Željko Heimer, 15 August 2009
Table flag of of Stari Mikanovci - Image by Željko Heimer, 30 August 2008
The table flag (photo) is light blue bordered white with a triangular ending, with the coat of arms in the middle bordered white, the name of the municipality inscribed above yellow and a branch of oak and a bunch of maize in the base.
Željko Heimer, 30 August 2008