Principality of Siebenbürgen

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Coat of arms (crest) of Principality of Siebenbürgen
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The Duchy of Siebenbürgen (English Transsylvania, now in Romania) was conquered in 1688 by Emperor Leopold I and united with Hungary. In 1765 Empress Maria-Theresia made Siebenbürgen a Grand Duchy (previously it was a principality). The Hungarian name was Erdély. The arms show in the upper half an eagle flanked by a sun and a crescent. The eagle is derived from the old arms of the Duke of Siebenbürgen from 1659. The sun and crescent are derived from the arms of the Székelys people. The lower half shows seven castles, a canting element (Siebenbürgen = seven castles in German)

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