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Bensheim City (Germany)

Stadt Bensheim, Landkreis Bergstraße, Darmstadt District, Hesse

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Bensheim city banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 23 June 2006
approved 2004 See also:

Bensheim City

It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is slightly shifted to the top.
inhabitants 39,642
Bergstraße County
Darmstadt District , state Hesse
banner approved on 2004
details based on the presentations of Klaus Günther with kind permission
The municipality flags are shown mostly in banner form in Hesse.
Jörg Majewski, 23 June 2006

Former Banner (1964 - 2004)

[Bensheim city 1964 - 2004] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 23 June 2006
variant approved 1964 and 1984

It is a red-white vertical bicolour with white bannerhead. The coat of arms is in the bannerhead. Beneath the coat of arms is an inscription in black unserifed capitals "STADT BENSHEIM".
Jörg Majewski, 23 June 2006

Coat of Arms

Shield Gules, St. George in clad armour Or, mounted on a sinister facing horse Argent with bridles Or and saddle Azure, killing a sinister facing dragon reguardant Vert by a lance Or.
Bensheim was first mentioned as a city in 1318 and belonged to the Archbishopric of Mainz until 1802. The oldest seal from the late 14th century , like all other seals, displayed the Archbishop of Mainz on a throne, often with a small shield with the wheel of Mainz, or with parts of the wheel without a shield. In the early 19th century, when the city became part of Hesse, the new seal displayed the lion barry of Hesse, holding a small shield with a blessing Archbishop. In the meantime the city used since the early 17th century different arms. The arms were used on documents and decorations in the city, and showed the local patron saint, St. George killing the dragon.
This composition was officially approved as the city's coat of arms in 1929.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.21
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 May 2017

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