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Aachen Municipal Community (Germany)

Städteregion Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen

Last modified: 2020-06-02 by klaus-michael schneider
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Aachen Municipal Community

Introduction

The region was known as Landkreis Aachen since 1815, renamed into Kreis Aachen (Aachen county) in 1972 and into Städteregion Aachen in 2009, although not only cities are among its members.

The entity is the successor of Aachen county overtaking all its duties on 21 October 2009. Furthermore it includes the City of Aachen, which kept however the status of a county free city with all rights. The citizens of the community had their first elections of a regional parliament (Städteregionstag) on 30 August 2009.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Aug 2011

Community Flag

It is a yellow over blue horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: 3(4) of Hauptsatzung of Aachen municipal community, version 2009(?).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Aug 2011

Community Coat of Arms

Shield Azure a swan statant Argent armed Sable and tongued Gules upon the base Argent of antlers Or, chief Or charged with a lion passant sable tongued Gules.
Meaning:
According to source the Dukes of Jülich were rulers of the main part of the region. They are symbolised by the lion. Swan and antlers are based upon the arms of the former city of Burtscheid, which had been incorporated into Aachen in 1897. Those arms had been granted to the city in 1882 and are related to the arms of the Counts of Woestenradt, a kin from Brabant-Limburg. One of its members was head of a local Cistercian nunnery.
Source: Stadler 1964, p.11
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Aug 2011

Flag and coat of arms were approved on 20 December 1972 by district governor (Regierungspräsident) of Köln.


Monschau County

Monschau County Flag (1956 - 1971)


[Monschau county flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 May 2020

It was a horizontal 7-stripes flag with alternating white and red stripes and arms shifted to the hoist.
Source: letter from NRW Main State Archive to Falko Schmidt on 9 November 1999
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 May 2020

Monschau County Coat of Arms (1956 - 1971)

Shield Argent a lion rampant double queued and crowned Gules, armed and tongued Argent.
Meaning:
The arms had been the family arms of the Barons of Montjoie-Valkenburg, former rulers until 1361. Montjoie had also been the name of the namesake city until 1918.
Source: Stadler 1964, p.63
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 May 2020

The flag and arms were approved on 16 March 1956. The symbols were abolished on 31 December 1971.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 May 2020


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