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Wapen van Ninove/Arms (crest) of Ninove

Country : Belgium

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  • (1818) Parti het eerste deel van goud beladen met een dubbelde zwarte arend en het tweede mede van goud beladen met een zwarte klimmende leeuw, het schild gedekt met een gouden kroon.
  • (1987) Gedeeld 1. in goud een dubbele adelaar van sabel 2. in goud een leeuw van sabel. Het schild getopt met een stedekroon met vijf torens van goud.
  • (1846) Parti, au 1er d'or, au double aigle de sable, et au 2ème d'or, au lion de sable; l'écu sommé d'une couronne d'or.
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The arms were granted on September 2, 1818, again on December 20, 1846 and on November 17, 1987.

The oldest seal of the city dates from 1415 and shows a bishop holding two shields, those of Burgundy (Bourgogne) and Flanders (Vlaanderen). Ninove had received city rights in 1339 from Count Hendrik van Vlaanderen. In 1557 the arms were described as divided with the imperial eagle and the lion of Vlaanderen. The city was one of the main cities in Vlaanderen and the whole territory formed part of the Holy Roman Empire.

Later images also showed the same composition, as did a later 18th century seal. Thus the arms were granted by the Dutch government in 1818 and by the Belgian government in 1846. After the municipal reform in 1987 the arms were granted with a mural crown, common for (formerly) fortified cities.

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Literature: Servais, 1955; images and information from Gemeentewapens in Belgie, 2002

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