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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
- (de) In Silber eine schwarzgefugte rote Burg, die erniedrigte Burgmauer besetzt mit zwei oben anstoßenden und in den Außenrand verschwindenden Zinnentürmen, zwischen den Türmen eine sechsbeerige (3:2:1) blaue Weintraube mit zwei grünen Blättern, die Burgmauer belegt mit einem goldenen Schild, darin ein schwarzes Bergmannsgezähe.
The arms were granted on February 19, 2008.
The arms combine elements from the old arms of the district (see below) and the former Weissenfels district. The wall is taken from the old arms, as are the balls, which are now shown as grapes. The mining tools are taken from Weissenfels, the bunch of grapes symbolises the viticulture in the area.
The previous arms were granted on July 12, 1996.
The arms show a city wall, which symbolises the many castles in the area, which have also given the county its name.
The grapes in the lower part symbolise the importance of viticulture in te area, which has been mentioned as early as 998.
The key and sword are the symbols of St Peter and St. Paul respectively. They are the patron saints of the cathedrals in Naumburg and Zeitz. The key and sword also formed the arms of the diocese of Naumburg-Zeitz, which was founded in 968, as well as the arms of the county Zeitz.
Literature : Papendieck, H. : Die Wappen der Landkreise und kreisfreien Städte des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt. Landesarchiv Magdeburg, 1996.