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Wappen der Welt
Civic heraldry of Germany
State : Sachsen
District (Kreis) : Leipzig (until 2008 Leipziger Land)
Additions : 1840 Haulwitz; 1934 Gnandorf; 1994 Eula; 2004 Wyhratal (1993 Neukirchen-Wyhra (1948 Neukirchen, Wyhra), Thräna, Zedtlitz)
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The arms show in the upper right half the black lion of the Counts of Meissen, as the town was a longtime possession of the counts. The upper left half shows the helmet and crest of the arms of the Counts of Meissen, the so-called Jew's Head, a male bearded head with a special hat. The crest dates to medieval times, the meaning is not known.
The base shows a church. The oldest seals of the city showed a church as the main symbol, with the two other elements as small figures above the church. The church has been described as a symbol of the diocese of Merseburg, to which the city belonged.
Until the middle of the 19th century the city used arms, based on the oldest seals. These arms were still shown by Hupp in the 1920s (see images below). In 1897 the present arms were officially granted.
The arms from 1897
The main colours, gold and blue, are derived from the Wettin family, Counts of Meissen. During the DDR times the arms were iften shown with a black lower field and only one main tower. In the 1990s the colours were restored.
Seal from around 1900
The arms as shown around 1895
The arms in the Abadie albums
The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
The arms in DDR times
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