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City of Itzehoe (Germany)

Stadt Itzehoe, Kreis Steinburg, Schleswig-Holstein

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Itzehoe flag)] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 1 Jun 2006
approved 21 July 1951 See also:

City of Itzehoe

Itzehoe Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is white flag bordered by a narrow white stipe and a slightly wider red stripe at the top- and bottom-edge. The coat of arms is in the central stripe and shifted to the hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Nov 2012

Itzehoe Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
Over blue waves in a red shield is a silver (= white) wall crowned by two towers of the same colour with triangular roofs. Between the towers is impending a silver (= white) nettle leaf.
Meaning:
The Franconian kings* erected Esenfeld castle in 810. The successors, the Saxonian kings* founded a new castle, located on a crossing of two important roads and partially surrounded by a meander of river Stör. Beneath the castle in the 10th century a settlement of merchants arose, which had been granted city rights of Lübeck type by Count Adolf IV of Holstein in 1238. In the 19th century the estates of the country of Holstein gathered in Itzehoe. The coat of arms is based upon the oldest seals from 1439 and was frequently described in heraldic literature of the 16th and 17th century. Since the 14th century the "embowed" towers and the wall depicted as a picket fence were common. The waves are symbolizing trading. The nettle leaf alludes to counts of Holstein, especially Adolf IV. The colours are those of Schleswig-Holstein.
Sources:Reißmann 1997, p.193 and Stadler 1970, p.102

The flag was approved on 21 July 1951. The coat of arms was approved on 26 March 1938. The artist is A. Kaufmann from Itzehoe.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Nov 2012


*) editorial note: of the Holy Roman Empire

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