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Großenhain City (Germany)

Stadt Großenhain, Landkreis Meißen, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-11-19 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Großenhain city banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 14 Nov 2022
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Großenhain City

Großenhain Banner

It is a black-yellow vertical bicolour with centred greater coat of arms.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

Großenhain Coat of Arms

Shield Or a lion rampant Sable armed and tongued Gules.
The city was founded by the Margraves of Meißen around 1200. It had been the next door neighbour of a Slavic settlement called Ozzec. The city was called Hayn in 1224 and Marcgrevinhain in 1255, which means "grove of the margraves". It had been called a town since 1212 and a city since 1254. The existence of mayor and city council is proven since 1293. In 1300 the city walls had been completed. The city had been seat of two monasteries and a convent. After the Protestant Reformation was introduced in 1539, monasteries and the local castle decayed. In 1744 the city was nearly completely burnt down. The arms are based on a city seal from 1292 and display the lion of the margraviate. Seals from the 14th century displayed the helmet of the margraves crested by a fan of peacock feathers and fixed by some kind of ladder. The shield displayed as symbol of the city two lions addorsed. In the 15th century the ladder was misinterpreted and replaced by a tree supported by two lions. In 1889 the first pattern was restored. Since the beginning of the 20th century seals and stamps as well displayed the arms again with the crested helm but with a shield in bend displaying only one lion. Both versions were used side by side.
Sources: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.174-176 and §1(2) of Hauptsatzung version 24 September 2014, last updated on 21 August 2019
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

Banner and arms were approved, probably in 1998.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

Strauch Borough

Strauch Banner

[Strauch borough banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

It is a green-white-green vertical triband with ratio of stripes 1:3:1. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top in the white stripe.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

Strauch Coat of Arms

Shield Argent a shrub Vert with fruit and branches Sable, base Vert charged with three blossoms Or ordered 2:1.
The shrub (German: Strauch) is canting. About kind and meaning of the blossoms there is no information.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

The banner is in use unofficially.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

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