Białystok

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BIAŁYSTOK

Province: Podlaskie
County: Free urban city

Coat of arms (crest) of Białystok
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Origin/meaning

The arms show in the upper part the arms of Poland, and in the lower half the Lithuanian knight. These arms have been used for many centuries, but the colours have differed through the years, as has the eagle (see examples below).

In the early 20th century until the 1960s other arms wer used by the city as well. These showed a griffin holding the letters K and B. The griffin is derived from the Branicki family arms, and the "KB" under a ducal crown relates to Klemens Branicki who founded the town on an earlier settlement in 1759.


Coat of arms (crest) of Białystok

The early 19th century seal
Coat of arms (crest) of Białystok

The arms in the Kawa Hag album +/- 1932
Coat of arms (crest) of Białystok

The arms as shown in 1963
Coat of arms (crest) of Białystok

The arms as shown around 1970
Coat of arms (crest) of Białystok

The arms as shown in 1994

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