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Civic heraldry of Germany
State : Baden-Württemberg
District (Kreis) : Heidelberg
Additions : 1891 Neuenheim; 1903 Handschuhsheim; 1920 Kirchheim, Wieblingen; 1927 Rohrbach; 1935 Grenzhof; 1975 Ziegelhausen
- (de) In Schwarz auf grünem Dreiberg ein rot bewehrter, rot bezungter und rot gekrönter goldner Löwe.
The arms were officially adopted in 1898. The image shows the arms as established in 1969 in a rather modern style.
Heidelberg became a city in the early 13th century. The city was part of the diocese of Worms and was transferred to the Pfalz in 1225. The first known seal of the city (known from 1257) only shows an (imperial) eagle. In the 14th century the seals show the lion of the Pfalz, with on his breast the arms of the Wittelsbach family (see the arms of Bayern), who at the time were counts of the Pfalz. The small Wittelsbach arms disappeared later in the century and around 1400 the crown was added. The arms of the Pfalz also showed a crowned lion. The three-topped mountain was added in 1436 and may be a canting symbol and at the same time symbolises the three mountains surrounding the city.
The seals of the city:
The arms in a manuscript +/- 1530
The arms in a manuscript from 1565
The arms in a 17th century manuscript
The arms in the Wappen-Sammlung (1900)
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms on an 1886 medal (image from auction site)
The arms in the Abdulla album
The arms in the Abadie albums
The arms in the Emmerlinge Series
The arms in a 1936 album
The arms on a matchbox label +/- 1960
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Literature : Stadler, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.