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Elstra [Sorbian: Halštrow] City (Germany)

Stadt Elstra, Landkreis Bautzen, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-12-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Elstra city banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Nov 2022
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Elstra City

Elstra Banner

It is a red-yellow vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Nov 2022

Coat of Arms

Renaissance Shield parted per fess of Gules and Or, over all on top of an eradicated linden Vert trunked Maron a magpie statant proper.
Elstra was mentioned first as a parish in 1248 and had been centre of a lordship, ruled by the Burgraves of Strehla. Elstra was called a city in 1329 but a village in 1378. In 1528 it gained the rights of a market town. According to the grant the deciduous tree is a linden with seven roots. Trunk and roots had also been green before 1989. The magpie (German: Elster) is punning, not referring to the bird but to the Schwarze Elster, a river.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.116-117
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Nov 2022

The banner was approved on 1 December 1997. The arms were granted on 15 September 1528 by King Ferdinand I of Böhmen.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Nov 2022

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