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Syke City (Germany)

Stadt Syke, Landkreis Diepholz, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Syke city flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2011 See also:

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a black over yellow horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Source: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of the city of Syke version 14 June 2006
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2011

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a golden (= yellow) shield is a black, upright paw of a bear armed red.
According to source the paw is taken from the full arms of the counts of Hoya Its existence can be proven on seals since the 17th century. Syke developed around a castle of the counts of Neubruchhausen in the middle of the 13th century and in 1384 became a possession of the counts of Hoya. In the 15th century special rights (German: Weichbildrechte) had been granted, finally in 1929 city rights. Even though the city belonged to the counts of Hoya only until 1582, became then part of the Duchy of Braunschweig-Lüneburg and a dominion of Catholic general Tilly from 1629 - 1631. Nevertheless the arms never changed.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.76
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Nov 2011

According to Stadler 1970 a plain flag had been approved before in 1953.

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