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Görlitz City (Germany)

Stadt Görlitz, Landkreis Görlitz, Saxony

Last modified: 2020-01-01 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Görlitz city flag] 3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 9 Mar 2001

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Görlitz City

Görlitz City Flag

White-red bicolour with the lesser arms (i.e. just the shield without other attributes). Since 1945 Görlitz, situated on the river Neisse, is divided into a German and a Polish part (Zgorzelec). Görlitz was a countyfree city (kreisfreie Stadt) until August 2008, when it became part of the new county of Görlitz (Landkreis Görlitz).
Sources: Falko Schmidt from Die Wappen der kreisfreien Städte und Landkreise im Freistaat Sachsen: Veröffentlichung der Sächsischen Archivverwaltung, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle/Saale, ISBN 3-89812-069-4,
Stefan Schwoon, 9 Mar 2001

Görlitz City Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale, at dexter Or a double headed eagle Sable, at sinister Gules a lion rampant double queued Argent crowned Or, both supporting an imperial crown Or on central chief.
The eagle and the crown are alluding to the Holy Roman Empire, the lion is that one of the Kings of Bohemia. The charges are stressing the high importance of the city in the 15th century. In 1536 another coat of arms had been granted by Emperor Karl V, displaying both quarters of the current shield twice in a quartered shield, the eagle in quarters 1 and 4, the lion in quarters 2 and 3. The heart point was superimposed by an Austrian inescutcheon, i.e. Gules a bar Argent, but charged with an imperial crown Or. Those arms were in use from the 17th until the 19th century.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.158-159
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Jan 2019

The current arms were granted in 1433 by Emperor Sigismund I, who had been also King of Bohemia.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Jan 2019