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Münchsteinach Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Münchsteinach, Landkreis Neustadt an der Aisch-Bad Windsheim, Bayern

Last modified: 2020-11-07 by klaus-michael schneider
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It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Nov 2020

Münchsteinach Coat of Arms

Shield parted per pale; at dexter Argent a demi-eagle Gules, armed and tongued Or with clover stems Or on his wing, couped per pale; at sinister Or a Benedictine monk dressed Sable.
Steinaha had been a royal estate in the Steigerwald, a forest. The namesake kin founded a Benedictine Monastery in 1102. The place since then was named Münchsteinach, referring to the monks (German: Mönche). The place had been seat of a bailiwick of the German Kings. The Burgraves of Nürnberg, later Margraves of Brandenburg, acquired the bailiwick in 1265 from King Konradin. The monastery was secularised in 1528 during the Protestant Reformation. Münchsteinach remained seat of a district (German: Amt). The demi-eagle is a differentiation of the arms of Brandenburg and is alluding to the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach, local rulers for a long time. The Benedictine monk is representing the monastery and is a canting element.
Source: "Landkreis Neustadt a.d. Aisch - Bad Windsheim", Neustadt a.d. Aisch 1982, p.60
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Nov 2020

The arms were approved on 29 March 1956 by Minister of Interior of Bayern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Nov 2020

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