Bergen auf Rügen

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Wappen von Bergen auf Rügen/Arms (crest) of Bergen auf Rügen

Country : Germany

State : Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

District (Kreis) : Vorpommern-Rügen (until 2011 Rügen)


Official blazon
German In Silber auf grünem Dreiberg ein roter Turm mit geschlossenem silbernen Tor, aus dessen Zinnen wachsend ein doppelschwänziger goldbewehrter und gekrönter schwarzer Löwe mit ausgeschlagener roter Zunge.
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In the 12th century a castle was built in the middle of Rügen island by the Princes of Rügen. In 1193 a Cistercian convent was built close to the castle and slowly a village grew around the convent and castle. Even though Bergen was mentioned as a fortified town in 1314 it did not receive city rights until 1613. Bergen belonged to Rügen until 1325. From 1325-1648 it was part of Pommerania, in 1648 it became Swedish and finally in 1815 Prussian.

The arms show the castle with the lion taken from the arms of the Princes of Rügen. The mountain is canting (Berg). The arms are identical to the arms on the oldest seal of the city, dating from 1613.

Literature: Hupp, O. : Königreich Preussen, Wappen der Städte, Flecken und Dörfer. Reprint from 1896 and 1989, Kulturstiftung der deutschen Vertriebenen, Bonn, 1993; Bensing, et al; Lexicon Städte und Wappen der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, Leipzig, 1985.

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