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Bijeljina (Republic of Serbska, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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by Zeljko Heimer , 21 June 1999

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The Flag

I saw on TV a blue over white flag (3:2). In the base of the blue part is a "house" (perhaps eglise) coroned with a cross. In the white part are two red wavy lines. The flag was on a wall of a serbian church (inside the church).
Jaume Olle', 10 April 1998

Coat of Arms

by Zeljko Heimer , 21 June 1999

Few days ago I received the image of CoA of Bijeljina, city in north-eastern corner of B&H and community of the same name (whose CoA that is, I belive, rather then of the city itself, but it makes little difference). The community covers the region called Semberia, at the confluance of Drina river into Sava. The CoA is take from a postcard issued in 1997, and its overall layout looks like the modern CoA adopted in Serbia recently, probably designed by the Serb Heraldic Society.
The CoA may be blazoned: Azure, a belltower Argent with two doves flying in cantons towards it, base Argent a tau-cross Gules. Crowned with mular crown with facade Or. Compartment Vert bearing white ribbon with name in cyrillic, and maize and corn Or. Supporters: dexter old man in national costume with "gusle" holding banner of Serbia (Republika srpska, that is), sinister a merchant in rich clotes with bag of money holding the banner of Bijeljina. Banner of arms is the same as shield, with the tau-cross changed into two wavy bars Gules. Both banners have finials golden doves. The belltower is said to be the tower on the city hall. The "tau-cross" probably represents confluence of drina into Sava ("theory" further supported by changing it to wavy bars on the banner). The old man holds "gusle", one string instrument typical for Serb folklore. The merchant (if it is one) is wearing clotes of rich dignitaries of beggining of 18th century. Maize and corn represents main agricultural products of the region.
Zeljko Heimer, 21 June 1999

It was designed by the Serbian Heraldic Society.
Ivan Sarajcic , 29 May 2000