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City of Pfaffenhofen upon Ilm (Germany)

Stadt Pfaffenhofen am Ilm, Kreis Pfaffenhofen, Oberbayern District, Bavaria

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City of Pfaffenhofen upon Ilm

Pfaffenhofen Banner

Description of banner:
It is a yellow - blue vertical bicolour. A coat of arms with white mantling and a white mural crown, having five turrets, is shifted to the top. The blue shade is that one on the coat of arms.
Source: Stefan Schwoon spotted this flag on 22 June 2002 during a street festival.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Apr 2014

Pfaffenhofen Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
The celestial blue shield is divided by a golden (= yellow) fess dancetty.
The fess dancetty is considered to be an allodial symbol of the Wittelsbach kin as Counts of Scheyern. It appeared on seals of Duke Ludwig and his son Otto between 1216 and 1230. It appeared also in the arms of monasteries founded by the Wittelsbach kin, e.g. Scheyern, Geisenfeld, Indersdorf, Ensdorf, before it entered the municipal heraldry. The tinctures are those of the arms of Scheyern (monastery), which are known since 1358. Pfaffenhofen was first mentioned as a market town in 1197 and as a city in 1438. The oldest seal, known from prints since 1333 dates probably back to the 13th century. From 1356 until the 19th century a priest - a slightly pejorative denotation is "Pfaffe" - appears in various forms upon the city seals. The current pattern was granted to the local citizen's militia by King Max I Joseph. The version on flag including a mural crown shows the French influence.
1) Martin Sedlmeier: "Wappen des Landkreises Pfaffenhofen a.d.Ilm" (D'Hopfakirm 32), Pfaffenhofen 2003, pp.42 f.
2) Stadler 1968, p.41

The coat of arms was granted on 5 January 1812 by King Max I Joseph of Bavaria.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Apr 2014

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