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Main-Kinzig County (Germany)

Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hesse

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Main-Kinzig County flag (Germany)] 3:5 image by Jörg Majewski, 17 Jan 2014
approved 23 November 1992 See also:

Main-Kinzig County

Main-Kinzig County Flag

Description of flag:
It is a red over white over red horizontal triband with ratio approx. 1:3:1 and a narrow white stripe at the top- and bottom-edge. The coat of arms is in the white stripe and shifted to the hoist. Both red stripes are divided in the middle by a thin, yellow barrulet.
Source: Jörg Majewski's flags of German counties webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jan 2014

Main-Kinzig County Banner

[Main-Kinzig County banner (Germany)] 5:2 image by Stefan Schwoon, 5 Feb 2001
approved 23 November 1992

Description of banner:
A vertical flag, divided 1:3:1 red-white-red. Each red stripe is divided by a thin yellow line. The arms are on the center stripe. The flag is shown in an article by Erich Dieter Linder, Die Flaggen deutscher Landkreise (Flags of German counties), in Der Flaggenkurier no. 2, 1996, pp. 4-10. I have used the arms from Linder and Olzog 1996 found at Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website.
Source: Jörg Majewski's flags of German counties webpage
Stefan Schwoon, 5 Feb 2001

Main-Kinzig County Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per fess. Above in a red field is a silver (= white) swan armed golden over silver (0white) waves. The field below is divided per pale. Below right iin a goldn () yellow field is a black eagle, bearing a silver (= white) inescutcheon upon his breast, which is divided by a black fess. Below left the field is four times divided per bend into red and gold (= yellow).

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:
The arms were approved on 30 December 30 1980. The swan in the upper part is taken from the arms of the city of Hanau and symbolizes thus both the city and former district of Hanau. The eagle is derived from the arms of the city of Gelnhausen and refers to the former district of the same name. The bends are derived from the arms of the Lords of Hutten and the arms of the former district of Schlüchtern. The waves symbolize the Main and Kinzig rivers.
Sourcee: Linder and Olzog 1996.

The swan is the old crest of the Counts of Hanau. The swan was chosen [for the former Hanau county] as the city of Hanau already used the complete arms of the counts of Hanau. The [wavy stripe] symbolizes the Kinzig river, which runs through the [former Hanau] county.

Gelnhausen was in early medieval times a free imperial city. The oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1248, thus shows the imperial eagle (...) In the 16th century the small inescutcheon appears. The small shield is the original arms of Gelnhausen, which probably dates from the 15th century.

The arms of the Lords of Hütten [red and golden stripes, appeared on the Schlüchtern arms] for the area around the cities of Bad Soden and Salmünster.

Source: Stadler 1964, p.42
Santiago Dotor, 25 Oct 2001

Former Hanau County Flag

[Hanau County flag (Germany)] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Jan 2014

Description of flag:
It was a red over white horizontal bicolour. On 1 July 1974 the counties of Hanau, Schlüchtern and Gelnhausen together with the city of Hanau formed the Main-Kinzig County.
Source: Stadler 1964, p.42
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Jan 2014

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