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Civic heraldry of Croatia
County : Primorje-Gorski Kotar County
The arms were officially adopted on January 2, 1995.
The arms of Cres originate from the 14th century and show a golden panther. The modern shield is based on the historical examples preserved mainly as carved in stone in several places in Cres. A legend told by the Cres inhabitants explains the use of the panther as symbolic for themselves - tame and lovely (and ready to work hard) as young horses they become dangerous as lions and eagles when they are provoked.
Under Venetian rule (until 1792) the arms were a silver horse on a green field.
The arms in the Wapen- en Vlaggenboek van Gerrit Hesman (1708)
The arms by Ströhl, 1904
The arms in the Abadie albums
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