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Kassel City (Germany)

Stadt Kassel, Hesse

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[Kassel city flag] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon, 19 Feb 2001
coat-of-arms approved 1936 See also:


Vertically split blue-white with the centred arms. The origin of the trefoils is unknown.
Sources: flag from Staack 1997, arms from Stadler 1967, p.54
Stefan Schwoon, 19 Feb 2001

Coat of Arms

The arms were granted again in 1936, when the number of trefoils was set on 13. The arms of Kassel with the fess [actually a bend] and the trefoils is known since the end of the 15th century. The trefoil appears for the first time on a seal dating from 1243. The seal shows a fortress with a church. On the middle tower of the church a trefoil can be seen. Around 1350 trefoil appear on watermarks of the city and finally in a seal in 1467 as the sole symbol. The origin of the trefoil is still unknown. Kassel became a city around 1225 and the oldest seals show Count Hermann of Thuringia, shown as a knight. There is no sign of a trefoil.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.54
Santiago Dotor, 13 Dec 2001

Kassel (185,000 inhabitants) is located on the river Fulda and was the former capital city of Hesse[-Kassel and the province of Hesse-Nassau]. The Documenta exhbition of modern art has been taking place in Kassel every four years since 1955.
Ivan Sache, 9 June 2002

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