Bergisch Gladbach

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BERGISCH GLADBACH

State : Nordrhein-Westfalen
District (Kreis) : Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
Additions : 1975 Bensberg

Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach

Official blazon

  • (1977) In Grün über einem silbe nen Wechselzinnenbalken ein wachsender rot gezungter und rot bewehrter goldener Löwe, darunter ein herschauender goldener Hirschkopf.

Origin/meaning

The first (left) arms were granted in 1905, the second on April 6, 1977.

The arms were newly devised in 1905, as there were no old seals or arms known. The lion is taken from the arms of the Counts of Berg, as the city historically belonged to Berg. The colours (originally red on silver) were changed, according to the heraldic rule of tincture.

The wavy bar is the Strunde brook and is at the same time canting (Bach=brook).
The sheet of paper in the lower part of the first arms indicates the importance of the paper industry since 1582. The more recent metal industry is symbolised by the hammer held by the lion. After the merger with Bensberg, the sheet of paper was replaced by the deer's head from Bensberg. The hammer was also removed. The historical importance of Berg was emphasised by the addition of the bar, which is taken from the oldest arms of the Counts of Berg.

Seal of Bergisch Gladbach

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Bergisch Gladbach

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach

The arms on a 1990s postcard
Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach

The old arms on the town hall
(image Roy de Ruyers‎)
Wappen von Bergisch Gladbach

The newarms on the town hall
(image Roy de Ruyers‎)


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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.