Vlissegem

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Wapen van Vlissegem/Arms (crest) of Vlissegem
VLISSEGEM

Country : Belgium
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Province :
West-Vlaanderen
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Official blazon
French D'argent à la crois de gueules vidée & recercelée acoompagnée de quatre canettes de sable
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Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on June 27, 1846.

The arms show a cross, derived from the cross of the Knights Templar, and four finches. The finches are a canting symbol for the Vincx Ambacht (Vink=finch). The Vincx Ambacht was a part of the Vrije van Brugge, a large territory surrounding the city of Brugge, but not belonging to the city (Vrije van Brugge means Freedom-of-Brugge). The area was for a long time in the Middle Ages a possession of the Knights Templar.

Several municipalities in the former Vincx Ambacht use similar arms, which differ only in the number of finches. The different arms were already mentioned on the map made of the Vrije van Brugge by Pourbus in 1562.

The other villages are Bredene, Klemskerke and Nieuwmunster.

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Literature: Servais, 1955


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