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Strehla City (Germany)

Stadt Strehla, Landkreis Meißen, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-11-19 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Strehla city banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022
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Strehla City

Strehla Banner

It is a white-red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

Strehla Coat of Arms

Shield Gules a tower Argent, at dexter flanked by a facetted 6-point star Or, at sinister by an arrow head of the same.
A local castle was first mentioned in 1002. Its purpose had been to secure the eastern border of the German kingdom. The castle was donated by the German kings to the Bishopric of Naumburg in 1065. The bishops appointed burgraves before 1190, who founded the settlement, which was called a city in 1210. The city had a proper mint, mentioned in 1210 and 1298. Plans of the bishopric to make Strehla a centre of its own expansion failed, as the city became a fiefdom of the Kingdom of Böhmen in the 14th century, before it was acquired by the Margraviate of Meißen in 1397. Members of the Pflug family had been manorial lords from the 13th century until the 2oth century. An architectural sculpture displaying the city arms existed on the gate of the city hall, which burned down in 1751. The sculpture also existed on the next town hall since 1756. In 1894 all Saxonian city arms were revised and the current pattern was established in 1912. The arrow (Lower Sorbian: střĕła) is a canting element. The star probably is taken from the arms of the Counts of Eilenburg, who bought the city at the beginning of the 14th century. The tower is symbolising the status of a city.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.442-444
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

The banner has never been approved officially. The arms were confirmed in 1912.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2022

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