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Gestratz Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Gestratz, Landkreis Lindau, Bayern

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Gestratz Banner

It is a yellow-blue vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2021

Gestratz Coat of Arms

Shield Or chapé embowed Azure, in base a crown of thorns Azure, on dexter chiefs three arrows Or in bend sinister ordered per pale, on sinister chief a bear's torso Or.
Meaning: The bear is an attribute of St. Gall, patron saint of the local parish church and of the Benedictine St. Gallen Monastery. All parishes in the Allgäu having this patron saint are considered to be founded by the monastery, which was the most important manorial lord since the 8th century. Arrows and crown are taken from the family arms of the Lords of Horben in Ringenberg. They had been commissionaires of the monastery and owned estates in the village. The charges are known from a tomb stone, which was made between 1506 and 1509. The kin died out in 1767.
Source: Anton Gruber: "Der Landkreis Lindau", Kempten 1956, pp.108-111
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2021

Banner and arms were approved on 25 November 1980 by district governor (Regierungspräsident) of Schwaben.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Dec 2021

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