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Stevensweert (The Netherlands)

Limburg province

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[Stevensweert flag] by Jarig Bakker, 4 May 2005
adopted 20 Feb 1976; design: Stichting voor Banistiek en Heraldiek See also:

Stevensweert former municipality

Stevensweert is a former municipality in Limburg province, since 1991 part of Maasbracht.
Flag: per fly-diagonal four stripes of white and red, proportioned 8:1:1:8, of which the first and second and the third and fourth are connected by a line at least nine times wavy, over all at 1/3 flaglength, and of 1 flagheight a blue fieldformed by the contours of a six-cornered embattled fortress, charged with two small and two large cornears in saltire.
adopted 20 Feb 1976; design: Stichting Banistiek en Heraldiek.

The colors are derived from the municipal arms, as well as the corn ears. The diagonal division with waves represent the Oude and Nieuwe Maas. In 1633 the Spaniards Muncado and Contelmo founded a fortress here, which is represented on the flag by the embattled blue field. At the same time it reminds of the city-rights, granted to Stevensweert in 1772.
Source: Vexilla Nostra 121 (1982).

Stevensweert is named after St. Stephen. The castle was built by the Spaniards to drive a wedge between Roermond and Maastricht, and the castle remained Spanish after the Treaty of Westphalia (1648). In 1702, after a brief siege, it was taken by the Hollanders, and has remained Dutch ever since. It is on an island formed by the Oude and Nieuwe Maas river.
Jarig Bakker, 4 May 2005

Stevensweert Coat of Arms

[Stevensweert Coat of Arms] by Jarig Bakker, 4 May 2005
Granted by Royal Resolution 26 Nov 1897.

Arms: per fess: I. gules, a semée of billets argent, an issuant double tailed lion argent crowned or; II. azure four corn-ears or in the form of two chevrons contournés.
The top half is formed by the arms of the oldest known lords of Stevensweert, the family Pietershem.
The bottom represents the main source of income: grain.
Jarig Bakker, 4 May 2005