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Wappen von Bamberg/Arms (crest) of Bamberg

Country : Germany

State : Bayern

District (Kreis) : Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt)

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Official blazon
German In Rot ein stehender Ritter in silberner Rüstung mit einem roten Kreuz auf der Brust und einem silbernen Langschwert am Gurt; in der Rechten eine Lanze mit silbernem Fähnlein, darauf ein rotes Kreuz, die Linke gestützt auf einen blauen Schild mit silbernem Adler.
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The arms were granted in 1953 and are based on the oldest known seal, known since 1211, see below.

The knight is St. George, the patron saint of the city, the small shield shows the arms of the Counts of Andechs-Meranien, who ruled the city in the 13th century. In the 15th and 16th century the seal sometimes showed Emperor Heinrich II instead of St. George. From the late 15th century the composition was also used as arms of the city. Previously the city used the lion of the Abbey and State of Bamberg (see below) as city arms. Even though the composition of the arms thus did not change since the 15th century, the colours of the eagle changed regularly.

The former independent State of Bamberg, ruled by the Archbishops of Bamberg, was a small, but quite powerful part of the German Empire. The bishops owned many towns and villages, and the arms of the State of Bamberg can be found in many arms in Bayern.

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Literature: Stadler, 1990.

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