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Wappen von Erfurt/Arms (crest) of Erfurt

Country : Germany

State : Thüringen

District (Kreis) : Urban District (Kreisfreie Stadt)
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  • 1911 Ilversgehofen
  • 1938 Hochheim
  • 1938 Melchendorf
  • 1950 Bindersleben
  • 1950 Bischleben-Stedten
  • 1950 Dittelstedt
  • 1950 Gispersleben
  • 1950 Marbach
  • 1950 Möbisburg
  • 1950 Rhoda
  • 1950 Schmira
  • 1994 Alach
  • 1994 Azmannsdorf
  • 1994 Büßleben
  • 1994 Egstedt
  • 1994 Ermstedt
  • 1994 Frienstedt
  • 1994 Gottstedt
  • 1994 Hochstedt
  • 1994 Kerspleben
  • 1994 Kühnhausen
  • 1994 Linderbach
  • 1994 Mittelhausen
  • 1994 Molsdorf
  • 1994 Niedernissa
  • 1994 Rohda
  • 1994 Salomonsborn
  • 1994 Schaderode
  • 1994 Schwerborn
  • 1994 Stotternheim
  • 1994 Tiefthal
  • 1994 Töttelstädt
  • 1994 Töttleben
  • 1994 Urbich
  • 1994 Vieselbach
  • 1994 Wallichen
  • 1994 Waltersleben
  • 1994 Windischholzhausen

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Official blazon
German In Rot ein sechsspeiehiges silbernes Rad.
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The arms of the city of Erfurt show a silver wheel in red; these are the arms of the State of Mainz to which the city historically belonged until 1802.
The wheel appeared for the first time as symbol of the city since the early 15th century. The oldest images showed a wheel with eight spokes, but already in medieval times it was changed to the six spokes that are still used.

The oldest seal of the city dates from the late 12th century and shows St. Martin, the patron saint of the archdiocese of Mainz in a gate. Several later seals all showed the saint in different positions. Only in a small seal from 1646 the wheel appeared for the first time. Only from the middle of the 17th century the main seals of the city showed the arms with the wheel.

When the city became part of Prussia in 1804 a new seal was made, showing the arms with the wheel. The shield was held by two savages (one male, one female) and above the shield was a helmet and as a crest a wheel with peacock feathers. A second seal with a similar design was made in 1843.

The savages were no longer used in the late 19th century and occasionally in the early 20th century the helmet and crest were used. After 1918 the arms were no longer shown with the helmet and crest either.

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Literature: Ulle, 1997

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