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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

HESSISCH-LICHTENAU

State : Hessen
District (Kreis) : Werra-Meissner Kreis (until 1972 Witzenhausen)

Origin/meaning:
The oldest seal of the city (at that time named Walberg) dates from 1289 and shows three towers on a hill, with a star and a flower between the towers. The second seal is known from the early 14th century, which shows again thre etowers, but now in the base a lion and a rose branch. The latter two were later placed in a shield, and the above arms appeared for the first time in 1689. The lion holds a small light, a canting element (Licht=light). The meaning of th elion and the roses is not known.

Literature : Stadler, K. : Deutsche Wappen - Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Angelsachsen Verlag, 1964-1971, 8 volumes.



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