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Arms (crest) of Aarhus
(1948-2010 ÅRHUS)

Country : Denmark

Region : Midtjylland

Amt (until 2007) : Århus

Additions: (to see click on expand)

  • 1970 Beder-Malling
  • 1970 Borum-Lyngby
  • 1970 Brabrand-Sdr. Årslev
  • 1970 Elev
  • 1970 Elsted
  • 1970 Harlev-Framlev
  • 1970 Hasle
  • 1970 Hjortshøj-Egå
  • 1970 Holme-Tranbjerg
  • 1970 Mårslet
  • 1970 Ormslev-Kolt
  • 1970 Sabro-Fårup
  • 1970 Tilst-Kasted
  • 1970 Todbjerg-Mejlby
  • 1970 Trige
  • 1970 Solbjerg
  • 1970 Vejlby-Risskov
  • 1970 Viby
  • 1970 Åby

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The arms are derived from the old seal of the city, known since 1356, but dating from around 1250. The arms were formally registered in 1938.

The arms show St. Clement with the anchor and St. Paul with the sword, the two patron saints of the local cathedral. In some old versions of the seal and/or arms, the two saints are holding oars. This is due to a misunderstanding of the city name as Åre-hus, oar-house. Actually it is from Å-os, or river mouth. Two later, smaller, seals only show the oars, either free, or in an oar-house.

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Literature: Achen, 1982; Zeuthen, 2000

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