State of Köln
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STATE or ELECTORATE OF KÖLN (953-1803)
The State of Köln, or more correctly the Electorate of Cologne (Kurfürstentum Köln, Kurköln) was the territory directly ruled by the Archbishops of Köln from 953-1803.
The arms of the Archdiocese and thus the State of Köln showed a black cross in silver. These arms were already used by the Archbishops in the 13th century.
The arms as shown in the Armorial Gelre (+/- 1370)