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Königstein Market Town (Germany)

Markt Königstein, Landkreis Amberg-Sulzbach, Bayern

Last modified: 2022-04-23 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Königstein (Oberpfalz) town banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2022
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Königstein Market Town

Königstein Banner

It is a red-white-blue vertical tricolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2022

Königstein Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess, above Argent a heraldic rose Gules seeded Argent, beneath Azure two mattocks Argent in saltire.
In 1817 King Max I Joseph of Bayern granted town arms, simply displaying a shield parted per fess of white and blue. It displayed the family arms of the Barons of Breitenstein, who died out in 1666. The town belonged to their namesake lordship until 1623. The members of the family were descendants of the imperial commissionaires of the Stein family. Breitenstein had been their main castle and since 1279 name giver of the kin. Königstein had been seat of administration of the lordship until the middle of the 14th century. In 1971 the municipalities of Gaißach, Kürmreuth, Namsreuth and Hannesreuth were incorporated or partially incorporated. The mattocks are representing all those municipalities ending with "reuth", which means forest clearnace. The rose is reminding on the Cup Bearers of Reicheneck, the successors of the barons in the 13th century. Furthermore there are rumours that a rose or a rosebush had been part of the old town arms before 1817.
Sources: Stadler 1965, p.88 and "Oberpfälzer Wappenbuch. Öffentliche Wappen der Oberpfalz", Regensburg 1991, pp.36-37
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2022

Banner and arms were adopted by the local council and confirmed on 18 October 1982 by district governor (Regierungspräsident) of Oberpfalz.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2022

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