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Trier City (Germany)

Stadt Trier, Rheinland-Pfalz

Last modified: 2023-04-01 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Trier city flag]
2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2023
[Trier city flag #2]
2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2023

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Trier City

Trier Flags

The flags are horizontally divided of yellow and red with centred arms, a traditional one (see left image above) and a new one with changes in minor details in the design of the saint. Furthermore the new version has a Spanish shield and is topped by a stylised red mural crown with three embattlements (see right image above).
Sources: this online catalogue and here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2023

Trier Banner

[ city banner] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon, 28 Feb 2001

The city of Trier has a banner vertically striped of yellow and red with the coat-of-arms in the middle. The first banner of the city had been golden, displaying St. Peter with book and key in a red field. The stripes of ellow and red are in use since the 19th century.
Source: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Flaggenkunde website
Pascal Vagnat, 8 Aug 1999 and Stefan Schwoon, 4 Apr 2001

Trier Coat of Arms

Shield Gules, a saint statant, nimbed and dressed Or, holding a key Or in pale by his dexter hand and a book Gules by his sinister arm.
Trier was already an important city in the Roman times and the seat of a bishop in the early Middle Ages. The oldest city seal, dated from 1113 with a reprint from 1537 displayed between city walls Jesus Christ between St. Peter and St. Eucharius. The former is the local patron saint of the namesake archbishopric. The latter had been its first bishop. In base there had been four citzens, symbolising an association based on an oath. A secret seal from the 14th century displayed St. Peter alone, kneeling and holding his attribute, the key. Since the 15th century the saint is standing. According to Klemens Stadler the old city arms had been simply those of the archbishopric, i.e. a white shield parted by a red cross. Arms with St. Peter existed at least since 1605 and the ay out changed varius times. To the arms two lions were added as supporters in 1337. Only in the last century the arms were replaced by the figure of St. Peter taken from the seals.
Sources: Stadler 1966, p.60 and Keyser 1939-1974
Santiago Dotor, 12 Apr 2002 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Mar 2023

The golden banner is traditional and was first mentioned in 1460. Images of that version exist since 1480. The arms are also traditional.
Stefan Schwoon, 28 Feb 2001

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