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Capljina (Herzegovina-Neretva, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

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by Zeljko Heimer, 6 November 1998

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Just few days after I was informed on the site <> where there is good image of the Coat of Arms of the city of Capljina, I spoted the flag on some meeting hoisted on a table in the city hall (or something of a kind). . The town in the sinister chief is, I presume the ruins of a nearby town, possibly Pocitelj, but I am not sure. The figure in base is, as I think St. Francis, or maybe some important member of franciscan order that has particularly strong influence in the region. The usual doves, associated with St. Francis, are here replaced with some other birds (if I interpret the image rightly). Capljina being on the Neretva river, whose surrounding is full of marshes with many rare spieces of birds might be a source of this partcular one (two in fact).
Capljina is a town in Herzegovina on Neretva river - the last one downstream Neretva in B&H, almost exclusivly populated with Croats today (though I would not say that it was so before). The CoA and flag are probably representing not only the town, but the community as a whole, which would include several other small towns.
Type of flag: C<apljina (town flag)
Date: in use in 1998
Ratio: 1:2
Sources: TV coverage from Capljina on HRT, CoA adapted from <>.
Zeljko Heimer, 6 November 1998

Yellow and blue flag. I was there recently and can confirm this.
Marko Puljic, 4 Febuary 2001