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Zeitz City (Germany)

Stadt Zeitz, Burgenlandkreis, Saxony-Anhalt

Last modified: 2018-11-19 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Zeitz city flag #1]
3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 4 June 2001
[Zeitz city flag #2]
3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Aug 2018
   

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Description

Zeitz has slightly less than 40,000 inhabitants and had been seat of the namesake county, which was incorporated into Burgenland County in 1994.
Source: Günther 1996b
Stefan Schwoon, 4 June 2001

Zeitz Flag

The flag is divided horizontally into green-white-red the arms are used on the flag at festivities, but its use is not prescribed by the local Hauptsatzung. ?2(3) ogf the local Hauptsatzung doesn't mention the arms, and in appendix just the coat of arms and seal are given.
Source: Günther 1996b
Stefan Schwoon, 4 June 2001

Zeitz Coat of Arms

Shield Azure, St.Michael in armour Argent, standing on a dragon Vert, rising his sword and holding an inescutcheon Argent, charged with a throughout cross Gules, at dexter another inescutcheon Gules, charged with a sword Argent and a key Argent in saltire.
Meaning:
A city seal from 1395 displayed St. Peter and St. Paul, the patron saints of the Bishopric of Naumburg. St. Michael, the patron saint of Zeitz was displayed first on a city seal from 1476. The image of the archangel later on changed often, so did the patterns of both inescutcheons. The sinister inescutcheon acc. to Ralf Hartemink is charged with the cross of St. Michael. The current version looks like a St. George cross. Before it had been depicted as a red cross patty, sometimes impending, sometimes throughout, or as a black impending cross patty in a golden inescutcheon. The dexter inescutcheon displays the arms of the Bishopric of Naumburg, of former Zeitz County (see: German WIKIPEDIA) and the arms of Naumburg City in counterchanged colours as well. Its colours and the order of the charges also changed various times.
Sources: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Zeitz City from 7 August 2014, last update on 10 October 2016, published in the city journal Michelbote on 29 October 2016 and Ralf Hartemink's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Aug 2018


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