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Vechta City (Germany)

Stadt Vechta, Landkreis Vechta, Lower Saxony

Last modified: 2017-11-11 by klaus-michael schneider
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[ flag] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 June 2017 See also:

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a white over red horizontal bicolour with centred arms.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 June 2017

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
Shield Gules, a city gate Argent, masoned Sable, roofed Azure with port and windows Gules, having two oriels or turrets of the same, under a portcullis Or a bearded head proper
Meaning:
The arms are based on the oldest seal of the city, known since 1351, but dating from the early 14th century. The tower is symbolising the fortified city of Vechta, which had gained city rights in the first half of the 13th century. The head in base of displays most likely St. Paul, patron saint of the Bishopric of Münster, to which the city belonged form 1252-1803. As the colours were not officially determined and many variations were used, it was decided in 1934 to use red and gold for Münster and red, gold and blue for Oldenburg. In 1803 the city had become part of the Duchy of Oldenburg.
The arms were approved again in 1955 by Minister of Interior of Lower Saxony.
Source: Stadler 1970, p.78
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 June 2017


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