Order of Duke Domagoj

The Order of Duke Domagoj (Croatian: Red kneza Domagoja) is the 8th most important medal given by the Republic of Croatia and is the nation's highest award for bravery.[1] The order was founded on April 1, 1995. The medal is awarded for valor in combat.[5] It is named after duke Domagoj of Croatia.

Order of Duke Domagoj
Red kneza Domagoja
Order of Duke Domagoj.jpg
Order of Duke Domagoj
TypeMilitary decoration
Awarded for... the demonstration of outstanding bravery and heroism in war, the direct threat of war, or in exceptional circumstances in peace.[1]
DescriptionGold, naked, kneeling archer in centre of silver oval inscribed "KNEZ DOMAGOJ" (Duke Domagoj)
Presented byRepublic of Croatia
EligibilityCroatian and foreign citizens.
StatusCurrently awarded.
Established10 March 1995[2]
First awarded1995
Last awarded2013
Total566 (as of 6 Mar 2013)[3][4]
Total awarded posthumously90[4]
Total recipients551[4]
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Ribbon of the Order of Duke Domagoj
Next (higher)Order of Duke Branimir
Next (lower)Order of Nikola Šubić Zrinski

Appearance and WearEdit

The order comprises a pure silver oval, 40 mm high and 50 mm wide, in the middle of which kneels a naked archer, fashioned from gold, his right foot tucked under his buttocks, his left stretched out. Below the archer is a semi-circular ornament in the form of a wave with the inscription KNEZ DOMAGOJ (PRINCE DOMAGOJ). At the top sits the coat of arms of Croatia, above diagonally crossed swords. The reverse is smooth with the Croatian wattle in the centre containing the inscription REPUBLIKA HRVATSKA (REPUBLIC OF CROATIA). At the upper tip of the religious symbol, on the coat of arms, there is a hitch for the ribbon.

The neckband is 36 mm wide and 600 mm long and shows the colors of the Croatian coat of arms, a red-silver check. The accompanying miniature is normally worn as a medal on the upper left breast.

Notable RecipientsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Medals". CFIVA Website. Croatian Forces International Volunteers Association. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  2. ^ Republic of Croatia: Order of Duke Domagoj - Medals of the World
  3. ^ Novo Odlikovanje „Red domovinske časti Blago Zadro“
  4. ^ a b c Narodne Novine (Croatian National Gazette)
  5. ^ Croatian Parliament (1995-03-24). "Zakon o odlikovanjima i priznanjima Republike Hrvatske". Narodne novine (in Croatian) (1995/20). Retrieved 2011-11-16.