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Rastede Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Rastede, Landkreis Ammerland, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Rastede flag] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 30 Oct 2010 See also:

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a blue over red horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the hoist.
Source: According to Hans van Heijningen "Wappen und Flaggen im Landkreis Ammerland".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Oct 2010

Coat of arms

Description of coat of arms:
In golden (=yellow) shield is divided by two red, horizontal, dancetty bars. Above the lines is a red statant lion.
According to source the ensemble is alluding to a fight between Count Friedrich of Rastede against a fierce lion, which took place in the city of Goslar in 1059. The legend says, that the emporer himself used the blood of the killed lion to paint two wavy lines onto the golden shield of the winner. On the other hand the dancetty bars are known as Ammerian fesses, which could be found on seals of Count Moritz von Oldenburg about 1200.
Source: Stadler 1970 ,p.67
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Oct 2010

The flag had been introduced in 1955. According to a letter from the municipality dated 20 February 2003 neither approval nor artist are known.

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