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Stemmi di comuni e province d'Italia
Italian Civic Heraldry

MERAN - MERANO

Province : Trentino-Alto Adige
Additions : 1923 Untermais

Origin/meaning:
The arms are known since the 14th century. Merano was known in the Roman times and was granted city rights between 1270 and 1317. The oldest known seal with the arms dates from 1353. In colour the arms appear in a roll of arms from 1390.
The arms basically show the eagle of Tyrolia behind a city wall. The oldest seal shows the wall with four towers and three gates as in the present arms, the roll of arms does not show gates. In a picture from 1759 the eagle is crowned and has a green wreath of honour. Finally during the fascist era the city was granted new arms in 1928, showing the eagle behind a wall with five towers. The whole was placed on a bottom of green, dotted with green trefoils. Above the shield a mural crown was placed (see below). These arms were replaced by the historical arms after the war.

Literature : Prünster, H. : Die Wappen der Gemeinden Südtirols. Etschlandbücher, Veröffentlichungen des Landesverbandes für Heimatpflege in Südtirol, Band 7, Bozen (Bolzano), 1972; Gall, F. : Österreichischer Wappenkalender, 1960.



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