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Świecie district (Poland)

Świecie county, Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship

Last modified: 2018-12-15 by rob raeside
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[Swiecie city flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2008
adopted ? Design: Mirosław Lorch See also:

Świecie city flag

Świecie city, Świecie county, Kujawsko-Pomorski wojwodship - homepage.
Somewhere on the English pages: "Świecie town is provided with its own flag. Colour: blue with red and white stripe and the crest of the town in the middle. Mirosław Lorch wins the contest for the town flag appearance."

In the middle of a very long Polish page is an image of the flag (partly presented), taken over by some wikipedia enthusiastics.
The complete image of the flag is in Alfred Znamierowski's "Insygnia, Symbole i Herby Polskie", 2003:
Blue flag, in center two white and red horizontal stripes of 1/6 flagheight each, and in center thereof the city arms.

The arms: gules a burning candle argent between two crescents or. (świeca - candle) (arms after wikipedia).
Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2008

Świecie city Coat of Arms

[Swiecie city coat of arms] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2008

The arms are based on the 14th century seal of the city, but they have changed considerable. The two crescents were originally two, slightly bend, pales. Their origin is not known, most likely they are derived from the arms of some family. On a 15th century seal the pales are changed into crescents and the shield is now divided. Since the late 16th century the candle appears instead of the division line. The candle is canting, świeca = candle.
Source: Ralf Hartemink's website.