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State : Niedersachsen
District (Kreis) : Göttingen
Additions : 1963: Herberhausen; 1964: Geismar, Grone, Nikolausberg, Weende; 1973: Deppoldshausen, Elliehausen, Esebeck, Groß Ellershausen, Hetjershausen, Holtensen, Knutbühren, Roringen

Wappen von Göttingen

Official blazon

(de) Oben in Blau auf silbernem Bogen drei silberne rotbedachte Türme, der mittlere mit goldenem Knauf und begleitet von vier goldenen Kugeln (2:2), die seitlichen vierfenstrig, mit goldener Kreuzblume; unten in Rot ein linkshin schreitender blaubewehrter goldener Löwe.


Göttingen became a city in the early 13th century. The seals of the city showed until 1662 a castle with three towers, above a lion. In another seal only a lion can be seen. The oldest known image of the arms dates from coins of 1441. In the meantime the city also used other arms, showing only a crowned capital letter G.

These two designs have been used througout the 19th and 20th centuries, with presently the above arms as official city arms. In the late 19th century the arms were combined, with the castle and lion on the shield, and the crowned G as a crest. At the same time two lion supporters were used (see image below).

Wappen von Göttingen

The large arms from around 1900
Seal of Göttingen

Seal from around 1900
Seal of Göttingen

Seal from around 1900
Wappen von Göttingen

The arms by Hupp in the Kaffee Hag albums +/- 1925
Arms (crest) of Göttingen

The arms in the Abadie albums
Wappen von Göttingen

The arms as shown by Stadler in the 1960s
The arms on a 1990s postcard

Literature : Stadler,1964-1971, 8 volumes; Ahrens, 1891

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