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Neuchâtel commune (Neuchâtel canton, Switzerland)

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[Flag of Neuchâtel] image by Pascal Gross

Or, an Eagle displayed Sable beaked, langued and membered Gules, escutcheon Or, on a pale Gules three Chevrons Argent.
Željko Heimer
, 2 June 2000

[Seal (1344–1370) of Count Louis of Neuchâtel, the knight's shield showing already the changed arms, followed by the flag in 1350 (source), see also Neuchâtel canton > History of the flag]

1000th anniversary flag

[1000th anniversary flag] image located by Esteban Rivera

"In 1011, Rudolph III of Burgundy presented a Novum castellum or new castle (Old French neu, now neuf and Old French châtel, now château) on the lake shore to his wife Irmengarde. It was long assumed that this new castle replaced an older one, but nothing about its location or design is known. At the time of this gift Neuchâtel was probably the center of a newly created royal court, which was recently developed to complement the other royal estates which managed western estates of the Kings of Burgundy" (This was the official starting point of the commune (ville), thus celebrating in 2011 its 1000 years of establishment).

"100 years of life and bounces Itís in 1011 that the term Novum Castellum appears for the first time in a donation of a King of Burgundy to his wife; even though this new castle is called regalissima sedes (royal estate), it probably is quite modest. The few houses at the foot of the castle that accommodate the garrison form the embryo of the future city of Neuchâtel."

They have two commemorative flags to celebrate the 1000 years. They are both horizontal flags, they show the year 2011 (split showing the upper half of the writing, on top of "Neuchâtel / A mille ans" in upper case letters. One version is red background with white letters, the other version having both colors inverted.

The picture can also be seen in this picture gallery (see pictures No. 1):

– Ville de Neuchâtel (official website):
– 1000 Millenaire Ville de Neuchâtel (official commemorative website):

Esteban Rivera, 10 December 2011