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City of Paderborn (Germany)

Stadt Paderborn, Kreis Paderborn, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Paderborn official city flag] 3:5  image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Jun 2010
approved 22 July 1975

See also:

Current City Flag

Description of flag:
The ratio is 3:5. It is a red over yellow horizontal bicolour.
Note:
In the description of state archive in Detmold there is only a banner mentioned. According to Veddeler 2003, p.197 this difference is obviously ignored. According to source an older banner is used instead with the coat of arms in the centre. This one doesn't match the banner already depicted below.
Source: Veddeler 2003, p.485
Klaus-Michael Schneider; 6 Jun 2010

The flag was approved by Regierungspräsident Detmold on 22 July 1975.

Banner used

[Paderborn banner in use] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Oct 2007

Description of banner:
The ratio of  banner is 5:2. It is a vertical red and yellow bicolour. At the top end is a white rectangle bearing the coat of arms.
Source: Photo, displayed here.
I can confirm, that I have seen this very flag sometimes at the same place in the 1990's.
Description of coat of arms:
The shield is divided per fess. The chief shows a golden (=yellow) cross, touching all edges, in a red field. On the base are nine alternating red and golden (=yellow) stripes, starting with a red one, in other words: a red field superimposed by four golden (= yellow) pallets.
Meaning:
According to source the cross of the archbishopric was used in the seals since 1231. The complete coat of arms was used on coins since the 14th century, at the townhall since the 15th century. According to source since 1305 the base, first used without cross, was symbolizing the city's name, showing a number of pales, whose number was finally fixed in 1931 by the ministry (of interior?). The city's name means "fountain of/with pales".
Source: Stadler 1972, p.77
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Oct 2007


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