Blankenberge

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Civic Heraldry of Belgium - Belgische Gemeentewapens / Armorial de Belgique
Wapen van België

BLANKENBERGE

Province : West-Vlaanderen
Additions: 1970 Uitkerke

Wapen van Blankenberge

Official blazon

  • (1841) Een zwart veld, met eene zilveren bende vergezeld beneden van eenen berg met twee leegere bergtoppen, ook van zilver.
  • (1987) In sabel een dwarsbalk van zilver, vergezeld in de schildvoet van een uitkomende drieberg van hetzelfde. Het schild getopt met een stedekroon met vijf torentjes van goud.

Origin/meaning

The arms were granted by royal decree on January 9, 1841 and confirmed on October 13, 1987.

The base of the shield shows three canting mountains (Blankenberge means white/clear-mountains). The meaning of the silver bar in a black field is not known, it may be derived from the important dynasty of Van Borssele.

The oldest seal of the city, known from 1330, shows above a fish a white rock in a sea. A second seal, known since 1542 shows the same composition, but with two stars above the rock. The present arms are first mentioned in 1697.

Wapen van/Blason de Blankenberge

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930
Wapen van/Blason de Blankenberge

The arms on a police badge (source)


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Literature : Servais, M. : Armorial des provinces et des communes de Belgique. Liege, 1955, 1041 p


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