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City of Glückstadt (Germany)

Stadt Glückstadt, Kreis Steinburg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Glückstadt flag)] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 2 Jun 2006 See also:

Glückstadt city

Glückstadt Municipal Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a blue flag with a red - white bordure. The Goddess Fortuna is in the centre of the flag.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Nov 2012

Glückstadt Municipal Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a blue shield is a silver (= white) naked, blonde Fortuna, the Goddess of good luck. The is standing with her right foot on a golden (= yellow) globe and is holding a silver (= white) sail with both hands.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Nov 2012

Nice! What's the story behind this flag, I wonder?
Jorge Candeias, 2 Jun 2006

This webpage shows only the arms, no flag.
"In Blau die silberne unbekleidete Glücksgöttin Fortuna mit goldenen Haaren, die mit dem rechten Fuß auf einer goldenen Kugel steht und mit beiden Händen ein vom Wind geblähtes Segel hält."

that is: "in blue the silver (= white)naked Goddess of good luck Fortuna, with blonde hair, standing with the right foot on a golden (= yellow)globe, holding in both hands a wind-blown sail".

Explanation: (my summary):
The town was founded by King Christian IV of Denmark in 1617 and received at the same time the coat of arms with the Goddess Fortuna as bringer of luck and namegiver. ("Glückstadt" = City of Fortune)
Jarig Bakker, 2 Jun 2006

Fortuna is canting. Glückstadt means ""city of good luck"". Founded by Christian IV the city gained numerous privileges, especially the city rights in 1617. The city was planned as a naval and mercantile base and as a rival of Hamburg. But the latter never was fulfilled. An important business in the past was whaling and hunting of pinnipeds. The tinctures are considered as valid since 1903, designed by Hupp. Fortuna appears on the very first seals of the city from 1617, in the centre of landscape, sea and ships. The existence of the simplified version can be proven on seals since 1623.
Source: Reißmann 1997 , p.146 and Stadler 1970, p.100

The coat of arms was granted on 22 March 1617 by Danish King Christian IV together with the city rights. The artist (of the current version (?) )is Lothar Leissner from Itzehoe.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Nov 2012

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