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BUDAPEST

Province (county) : Budapest

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Official blazon

Origin/meaning

In the year 1873, the city of Budapest was founded. It is an association of the old cities of Buda and Ó-buda (Old-Buda) on the western hills on the banks of the river Danube and the newer city Pest on the eastern banks. The old city of Buda was founded in the 13th century when King Bèla IV. built the fortress after the battle against the Tartars.

The upper part of the arms shows the old Pest arms with one tower, on the lower is the old Buda arms with three towers. The second gate on the wall of Buda represents Ó-Buda, which had totally different arms before.

The bar symbolises the river Danube.

The arms are crowned by the holy crown of St. Stephan. Stephan was the first King of Hungary, and the crown was given to him by Pope Sylvester II. The holy crown is the symbol of the State of Hungaria and the sanctuary of the Hungarian people. St. Stephan died in 1038.

During communist rule, a red star was placed on the silver bar, see below.

Arms (crest) of Budapest

The arms from 1964-1990
Arms (crest) of Budapest

The arms on a manhole cover

The arms on collector's items

Arms (crest) of Budapest

The arms on a stamp from the 1930s
Arms (crest) of Budapest

The arms on a British tobacco card, 1910s
Arms (crest) of Budapest

The arms in the Continentale Verlags-Anstalt album, +/- 1910

Districts of Budapest

Budapest is divided into 23 districts, all of these use arms.

Budapest I : BUDAVÁR
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Budapest II : PESTHIDEGKÚT
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Budapest III : ÓBUDA-BÉKASMEGYER

The arms were granted on June 13, 1991.

The district is the union of the formerly Óbuda town (in 1873 united with Buda and Pest cities to Budapest) and the German inhabited Békasmegyer (Krottendorf) village (united in 1950). The first known seal was used between 1370-1380, under the ruling of King Louis The Great. It had been readapted several times until the Turkish occupation, but that design was forgotten later.
At the beginning of the 20th century the figure of the natural lily, later the tulip was applied on the official seal as a symbol for agriculture. In 1991 the district coloured and inserted the seal-figure from the age of Anjou in its newly created arms.
The arms show the castle of Queen Elisabeth- the mother of King Louis the Great. The two small shields show the arms of Hungary-Anjou (red bars for Hungary, fleur-de-lis for Anjou), and the Polish eagle. The Hungarian-Anjou arms are taken from the ruling Hungarian dynasty at the time. The Polish eagle indicates that Queen Elisabeth was a descendent from the Polish royal family.

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Budapest IV : ÚJPEST
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Budapest V : BELVÁROS - LIPOTVÁROS
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Budapest VI : TERÉZVÁROS
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Budapest VII : ERZSÉBETVÁROS
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Budapest VIII : JÓZSEFVÁROS
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Budapest IX : FERENCVÁROS
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Budapest X : KÖBÁNYA
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Budapest XI : LÁGYMÁNYOS
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Budapest XII : HEGYVIDÉK
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Budapest XIII : ÚLJIPÓTVAROS
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Budapest XIV : ZUGLÓ
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Budapest XV : RÁKOSPALOTA - PESTÚJHELY
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Budapest XVI : CINKOTA
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Budapest XVII : RÁKOSCSABA
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Budapest XVIII : PESTSZENTLÓRINC - PESTSZENTIMBRE
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Budapest XIX : KISPEST
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Budapest XX : PESTERZSÉBET
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Budapest XXI : CSEPEL
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Since July 18, 2011
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(old)
Budapest XXII : BUDAFOK - TÉTÉNY
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Budapest XXIII : SOROKSÁR
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Literature : http://www.nemzetijelkepek.hu