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Gurk, Carinthia (Austria)

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[Gurk (according to Deuer)]
[Gurk (according to photo)]
[3] [4]
[Gurk (according to photo)]
[Gurk (according to drawing in book)]
by M. Schmöger, 23 January 2010 by M. Schmöger, 23 January 2010 by M. Schmöger, 23 January 2010 by M. Schmöger, 23 January 2010

Name of municipality: Gurk (Krka)
Status: Marktgemeinde (market-town)
Land (state): Kärnten (Carinthia)
Bezirk (district): Sankt Veit an der Glan
Description of arms (German): In Blau eine goldene, langgestreckte romanische Basilika mit zwei barock behelmten Türmen; das Langhaus ist von einer Biederwaage überhöht. [1] [2]
Blazoning of arms (English): Azure, an elongate Romanesque basilica, the steeples with onion-shaped domes, over the nave a pair of balances in Biedermeier style, all Or.
Adoption date of arms: 20 February 1969, again 8 June 1973
Description of flag: three stripes, yellow-blue-yellow, with coat-of-arms [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Adoption date of flag: 20 February 1969, again 8 June 1973
Sources: [1] [dew06], see also PDF at official website of Carinthia
[2] [lio65]
[5] photography (p. 16) and drawing (p. 21) in: Brachmaier, Hartmut et al. (1998) Das goldene Buch von Gurk. Gurk (Marktgemeinde).

M. Schmöger, 23 January 2010

St. Hemma, born as Hemma von Peilenstein of that noble house with much royal ties, was founder of dozens of churches and monasteries in Carniola in 10th/11th century. In 12th century her remains were burried in the Gurk Cathedral, the seat of the Gurk diocese (since late 18th century moved to Klagenfurt - renamed Gurk-Klagenfurt diocese).
Anyway, the model of the church is attribute of St. Hemma - but for what I know, the scales/balances are not - are they? They should symbolize something else Gurk is important by? Was there a judicial seat there as well?

Željko Heimer, 23 January 2010

The balances are derived from the 19th century seal (probably only about 1840-1850), itself alluding to the town judge of the 18th century, that had used an own seal. Gurk has a particularly convoluted sphragistic history in the 19th and 20th century.

M. Schmöger, 23 January 2010

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