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City of Barth (Germany)

Stadt Barth, Landkreis Vorpommern-Rügen, Mecklenburg-Westpomerania

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Current Flag

[Barth flag] 3:5 image by Gunnar Staack, 28 Aug 2011

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 2:3. It is a blue over white over blue horizontal triband with ratio 1.3:1. The coat of arms is in the centre of the white stripe.
Source: 3 of Hauptsatzung of the city of Barth, version 14 December 1994
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Aug 2011

Coat of arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per fess. Above in a silver (= white) field is a bearded head in natural colour. Below in a blue field are three silver (= white) fish. Above the shield is a helmet topped by five white plumes and having blue and white scarves.
According to source Barth grew around a castle of the Princes of Rügen and was built around 1200. The city was first mentioned in 1232. In the late 13th century Barth gained city rights. The beard (German: /Bart/) is canting. The head already appeared on a seal from 1404. The meaning or date of addition of the three fish is not known. The crest had been added in 1992.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Aug 2011

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