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Deutsche Wappen (Gemeindewappen/Kreiswappen)
German Civic Heraldry

MERZIG

State : Saarland
District (Kreis) : Merzig-Wadern

Origin/meaning:
The arms were granted May 24, 1909 and were based on a map of the city from 1617 which showed the arms.
The arms show quartered the arms of Trier and the symbol of Lorraine. Merzig was ruled as a condominium between the bishops of Trier (see Rheinland-Pfalz) and the Dukes of Lorraine. The arms of Lorraine show three eagles on a bend (see the arms of Saarland or the county Merzig-Werden), but as a minor symbol the so-call Cross-of-Lorraine was used since Duke Rene I (around 1435).
The seals of the city did not show the arms, but the patron saint, St. Peter.

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



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