Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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Gießen [Giessen], city, county seat, special status city
Gießen [Giessen] county
district Gießen [Giessen], state Hesse
flag adopted 17th September 1980
A special status city is a city with more than 50.000 inhabitants in Hesse.
image and details are based on the presentations of Klaus Günther with kind permission.
The municipality flags are shown mostly in banner form in Hesse.
Jörg Majewski, 23 Aug 2006
Shield Argent, a lion rampant Gules, armed and tongued Azure, winged Sable.
The city seals since 1264 display a knight's shield charged with a lion surrounded by dragons, later on by branches in the 14th century, Since the end of the 15th century the lion is combined with the cities initials. It was the predominant version of the local arms until the 17th century, especially displayed by Siebmacher (1605). The current lion, also called "griffon-lion" was granted by Grand Duke Ernst Ludwig in 1916. Acc. to source the griffon lion had been already displayed by Siebmacher before.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.39
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Mar 2017
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