The practice of towns assuming arms developed early in the history of heraldry, and many used by the communities today have their origins in the thirteenth century or earlier. One of the main factors in this development was the growth of the communal movement. Towns grew large, and although they were originally within the fief of a local
|Coat of Arms of Ljubljana.|
The design of the arms, and the symbolism employed can be attributed to a four sources:
To view a particular municipal coat of arms, click on the letter below which is the first letter of municipality's name. A new window will materialize showing "thumbnail" images of all municipalities' arms in which its name begins with the letter clicked on earlier. On this page, find the municipality of interest, and click on the "thumbnail" image in order to retrieve a page containing a full colour presentation of the arms, including its blazon.
The assembly of these symbols into a municipal coat of arms created a unique graphical symbolic representation of the town, proudly displayed on their banners during special events, creating a sense of identity for the towns people. Today, municipal arms not only reflect the desireable attributes of the community, but it also is used in marketing initiatives, television commercials, newspapers, websites, for the purpose of promoting their community and attracting new business and people to their communities.
In April 2005, a fabulous poster was published depicting all of the municipal arms (193) of Slovenia, by Gapro Design, Ljubljana. The poster dimension is 61.5cm x 85.5cm. The poster is available through the SHS with a cost of 2€ (not include shipping and handling). To view an online version, click the poster image on the left (printed version is in a landscape orientation). If interested in purchasing your own copy of the poster, click for instructions on your order.