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Alphen aan den Rijn (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

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Alphen aan den Rijn municipality Shipmate Flagchart : See also:

Municipal flag

Description: White, with a black eight-pointed star; the distance of the two opposite points of the star relates to flagheight as 2:3.
This flag was adopted by municipal resolution on 29 Nov 1957. The flag is analogue to the municipal arms.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962.
Jarig Bakker, 13 May 2003

Alphen aan den Rijn Coat of Arms

Alphen ad Rijn Coat of Arms International Civic Arms :

The Coat of Arms of Alphen aan den Rijn consists of a black 8-pointed star on a white shield. On top of the shield is a golden crown. The shield is supported by two golden lions. The arms were originally of the van Alphen-family, a branch of the van Kralingen-family. Dirk van Cralingen (born before 1189) owned estates in the vicinity of Alphen en had his name changed into "Van Alphen". In the 17th century Alphen florished: it became a resting place for post-riders and mercantile travel over land and water. Along stretches of the Oude Rijn river one can still see the tow-path, used for pulling "trekschuiten", tow-boats. The present municipality of Alphen aan den Rijn was formed in 1918. Then the smaller municipalities of Alphen, Aarlanderveen and Oudshoorn were merged. In 1964 the municipality absorbed the municipality of Zwammerdam.
Source: this website.
Jarig Bakker, 13 May 2003

Zwammerdam [former municipality]

former Zwammerdam Shipmate Flagchart :