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City of Kempen (Germany)

Stadt Kempen, Kreis Viersen, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Kempen banner]   image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Aug 2011
approved 8 April 1971 See also:

Banner

Description of banner:
It is a blue - red vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
Source: 2(4) of Hauptsatzung of the city of Kempen, version 14 December 1999, updated 12 July 2011
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Aug 2011

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided by a black centred cross. The first field shows two upright blue keys in a silver (= white) field. The secand field shows a golden waning moon crescent a 6-point star of the same colour. The other fields are plain red respectively silver (= white).
Meaning:
According to source the cross is symbolizing the archbishopric and electorate of Köln. So do the keys, the symbol of St.Peter, who is the patron saint of the archbishopric. Crescent and star are attributes of St.Mary, the patron saint of the local parish church. Köln gained sovereignty over Kempen in 1294. Since then the pattern with keys, sun and moon is known from seals. Later the sun was replaced by a star. The current pattern is based upon a description of the archbishopric of Köln from 1659, made by Strevesdorff.
Source: Stadler 1972, p.58
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Aug 2011

Banner and coat of arms were approved by Regierungspräsident Düsseldorf on 8 April 1971.

Plain Flag

[Kempen plain flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Aug 2011

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a blue over red horizontal bicolour. Within local Hauptsatzung it is mentioned as every day flag.
Source: Stadler 1972, p.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Aug 2011


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