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Province : Oost-Vlaanderen
Additions : 1977 Appelterre-Eichem, Aspelare, Denderwindeke, Lieferinge, Meerbeke, Nederhasselt, Neigem, Okegem, Outer, Pollare, Voorde

Wapen van Ninove

Official blazon

  • (1818) Parti het eerste deel van goud beladen met een dubbelde zwarte arend en het tweede mede van goud beladen met een zwarte klimmende leeuw, het schild gedekt met een gouden kroon.
  • (1846) Parti, au 1er d'or, au double aigle de sable, et au 2ème d'or, au lion de sable; l'écu sommé d'une couronne d'or.
  • (1987) Gedeeld 1. in goud een dubbele adelaar van sabel 2. in goud een leeuw van sabel. Het schild getopt met een stedekroon met vijf torens van goud.


The arms were granted on September 2, 1818, again on December 20, 1846 and on November 17, 1987.

The oldest seal of the city dates from 1415 and shows a bishop holding two shields, those of Burgundy (Bourgogne) and Flanders (Vlaanderen). Ninove had received city rights in 1339 from Count Hendrik van Vlaanderen. In 1557 the arms were described as divided with the imperial eagle and the lion of Vlaanderen. The city was one of the main cities in Vlaanderen and the whole territory formed part of the Holy Roman Empire.

Later images also showed the same composition, as did a later 18th century seal. Thus the arms were granted by the Dutch government in 1818 and by the Belgian government in 1846. After the municipal reform in 1987 the arms were granted with a mural crown, common for (formerly) fortified cities.


The arms of 1818

The arms of 1846
Wapen van/Blason de Ninove

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Wapen van/Blason de Ninove

The arms on a police badge (source)

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Literature: Servais, 1955; images and information from Gemeentewapens in Belgie, 2002