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Viernheim City (Germany)

Stadt Viernheim, Landkreis Bergstraße, Darmstadt District, Hesse

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Viernheim city banner] 5:2 image by Jörg Majewski, 28 June 2006
approved 30 November 1949 See also:

Viernheim City

It is a blue-white-red vertical tricolour. The coat of arms is shifted to the top.
inhabitants 32,884
Bergstraße County
Darmstadt District , state Hesse
banner approved on 30 November 1949
details based on the presentations of Klaus Günther with kind permission
The municipality flags are shown mostly in banner form in Hesse.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.88
Jörg Majewski, 28 June 2006

Coat of Arms

Shield parted per fess; above Azure a demi-lion issuant barry of five of Argent and Gules, crowned and armed Or; beneath parted per pale, at dexter Gules a 6-spokes wheel Argent, at sinister Or a Gothic number four.
The lion is a modification of the lion of Hesse. The wheel in dexter base is representing the Archbishopric of Mainz. The sinister base displays a canting symbol, actually one half of a Gothic number Eight, thus becoming a number Four (German: vier). That number already appears in the oldest court seal, mentioned in 1549 with prints since 1615 besides the Palatinate lion and the lozenges of the Wittelsbach kin. The city had been a part of the Palatinate from 1533 til 1650. After the city had become a part of the Archbishopric of Mainz the arms displayed the wheel above and the number Four below.
The current arms were approved on 14 April 1926 and the addition of the lion indicated that the city is now part of Hesse.
Source: Stadler 1967, p.88
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 May 2017

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