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City of Olpe (Germany)

Stadt Olpe, Kreis Olpe, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Olpe banner]   image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Jun 2010
approved 2 October 1970 See also:


Description of banner:
It is a 9-stripes banner, having vertical stripes of equal width from left to right: red-white-green-white-red-white-green-white-red. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.482
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Jun 2010

Coat of arms

Description of coat of arms:
It is a so called French shield (without mural crown however). In a red field upon a green hill St.Martin, dressed blue, nimbed golden(=yellow), riding a silver(=white) horse with golden(=yellow) bridles, is sharing his white coat with a kneeling beggar. Upon the dexter chief point is a silver(=white) square divided by a black cross.
According to source the pattern was fixed in 1908 and the cross of the electorate of Köln was added in order to distinguish the arms from those of other cities. The choice of colours was made arbitrarily. St.Martin appears on seals of the city since 14th century.
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.194
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Jun 2010

The banner was approved by Regierungspräńsident Arnsberg on 2 October 1970. When the 600 years anniversary was celebrated, the King granted the coat of arms on 6 June 1911.

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