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Official blazon

Origin/meaning

The arms date from the 15th century. According to the legend written by the chronicler Andrew Komonieckiego a live bison from the area of Międzybrodzie was offered to Prince Przemysław Oświęcim (Auschwitz). In gratitude for this gift the prince gave the town a coat of arms: a wisent's head and the golden eagle of the Duchy of Oświęcim.


Seal from around 1900

The arms in the Abadie albums

The arms in 1994

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Literature : Plewako and Wanag, 1994