Tienen

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Wapen van Tienen/Arms (crest) of Tienen
TIENEN

Country : Belgium
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Province :
Vlaams-Brabant
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Additions:

  • 1970 Bost
  • 1970 Oorbeek
  • 1977 Goetsenhoven
  • 1977 Hakendover
  • 1977 Kumtich
  • 1970 Vissenaken
  • 1977 Oplinter
  • 1977 Sint-Margriete-Houtem
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Official blazon
Dutch
  • (1841) Een blaeuw veld, met eene zilveren bende, rustende op twee zilveren schaepen, draegende elkeen eene vaen met hetzelfde wapen als op den schild. De vaenstokken van goud met zilveren spitsen, alles rustende op eene groene hoogte.
  • (1981) In lazuur een dwarsbalk van zilver. Schildhouders: twee schapen van zilver, houdende elk een banier met het wapen van het schild, met schacht van goud en kwast van zilver. Het geheel geplaatst op een grasgrond.
French
  • (1813) D'argent à la fasce d'azur; franc quartier des villes de seconde classe qui est d'azur à un N d'or surmonté d'une étoile rayonnante du même et pour livrées les couleurs de l'écu.
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Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on January 15, 1841 and confirmed on September 16, 1981.

Tienen is one of the oldest cities in Belgium and received city rights in 1168. The oldest symbol of Tienen was the Paschal Lamb or Agnus Dei. The lamb appeared on the coins struck in the city in the 12th century and also on the oldest known seal dating from 1229. On the seal the lamb wears a collar with a small shield with a bar. The origin of this small shield is not known, but according to legend it was granted to the city by Duke Jan van Brabant in the 13th century. A later seal, from 1398, also shows an Agnus Dei with the above arms.

The great seals of the late 14th century show now two lambs as supporters of the shield, the same composition that was used in the early 19th century as official arms of the city.

During the reign of Napoleon the city received arms on March 25, 1813, that showed only the shield, with in the upper corner a letter N with a star, symbol of a city of the second rank. No supporters were used.

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Literature: Servais, 1955; image from www.tienen.be


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