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Göttingen County (Germany)

Landkreis Göttingen, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-03-07 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Göttingen County flag] 3:5 image by Jens Pattke, 6 Mar 2017
Flag adopted 24 October 1973 See also:

Göttingen County

county seat: Göttingen [Goettingen]
area: 1,117.47 qkm
population: 262,091
Jörg Majewski, 21 Dec 2007

On 1 November 2016 the former Osterode am Harz County and Göttingen County merged, new name is Göttingen County. The new symbols were designed by Hans Otto Arnold. On 22 February 2017, the local Council adopted the Flag Bill Act. Since 1 July 2017 flag and arms are official.
Jens Pattke, 6 Mar 2017
Source: here

Göttingen County Flag

It is a red over yellow horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: 2(2) of Hauptsatzung of Göttingen County, version 22 February 2017
Jens Pattke, 6 Mar 2017

Göttingen County Arms

[Göttingen County arms] image by Jens Pattke, 6 Mar 2017
adopted 22 February 2017

The shield is twice parted per fess. In chief in a field Gules is a lion passant sinister facing Or, armed and tongued Azure. In centre in a field Or is a lion passant guardant Azure [or: leopard], armed and tongued Gules. In base in a filed Gules is a wheel Argent.
Meaning:

The upper part displays a modification of the lion of the Welfen dynasty, the centre a modification of the lin of the Dukes of Brunswick. The wheel was taken from the arms of the Archbishops of Mainz, the former rulers in Duderstadt. The largest part of the district was part of the main possession of the Welfen dynasty since the 13th century.
Source: 2(1) of Hauptsatzung of Göttingen County, version 22 February 2017


Göttingen County Flag (1973 - 2017)

[Göttingen County flag (1973-2017)] image by Jörg Majewski, 21 Dec 2007

It was a yellow over red horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Jörg Majewski, 21 Dec 2007

Göttingen County Banner (1973 - 2017)

[Göttingen County banner (1973-2017)] image by Jörg Majewski, 21 Dec 2007

It was a yellow-red vertical bicolour with arms shifted to the top.
Jörg Majewski, 21 Dec 2007

Göttingen County Arms (1973 - 2017)

[Göttingen County arms (1973-2017)] image by Jörg Majewski, 21 Dec 2007
adopted 8 Nov 1973

Additions : 1973 Duderstadt, Münden, 2016 Osterode
Meaning:
The oldest arms were granted on 25 October 1935.
The upper part of the arms shows the lion of the Welfen dynasty, Dukes of Brunswick. The largest part of the district was part of the main possession of the Welfen dynasty since the 13th century. The lower part shows the arms of the Counts of Plesse, who ruled the northern part of the district until 1571.
The new arms were granted on 8 November 1973.
The arms show in the upper part the Welfen lion, as a common symbol for all three former districts. The lower part shows the milrind from the old arms, combined with the inescutcheon derived from the Münden arms, and the wheel from the Duderstadt arms.
Sources: Stadler 1964, p.39 and Ralf Hartemink's webpage


Former Osterode am Harz county (- 2016)

[Osterode am Harz County flag (- 2017)] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 4 Jan 2008
Flag adopted 13 September 1960
Jörg Majewski, 4 Jan 2008

Osterode county banner (- 2016)

[Osterode am Harz County banner] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 4 Jan 2008
Flag adopted 13 Sep 1960

Osterode county arms (- 2016)

[Osterode am Harz County arms] image by Jörg Majewski, 4 Jan 2008
adopted 4 July 1936

OSTERODE AM HARZ
Meaning:
The arms were granted on 4J uly 1936
The arms show the lions of the Welfen family in the lower part and the arms of Hannover in the upper part. The main part of the district was the Principality of Grubenhagen, that was ruled by a branch of the Welfen family. The whole principality became later part of the Kingdom of Hannover.
Sources: Stadler 1964, p.72 and Ralf Hartemink's webpage.


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