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City of Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)

Stadt Dortmund

Last modified: 2001-12-21 by santiago dotor
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[City of Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon
Coat-of-arms adopted 1946

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Red and white are the the colours of the Hansa which Dortmund was a member of — Freie Reichs- und Hansestadt Dortmund, as it was used to be called. The arms come from its time as a free town within the Empire (freie Reichsstadt), which explains the black eagle on gold, and is also heraldically the same as the present arms of Germany (Bundeswappen), but is usually displayed in another design. The flag is displayed e.g. in the town hall of Dortmund. I have also seen it as a jack on a yacht in Stockholm harbour.

Elias Granqvist, 21 October 2000

Red-white with the arms. Red and white are the colours of the Hansa, the arms shows the imperial eagle, owing to Dortmund's former status as an imperial city. Sources: flag from the city website, arms from Stadler 1964-1971.

Stefan Schwoon, 23 February 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

Dortmund is an old city and received city rights in the early 13th century. The city was a free Imperial City and was thus entitled to use the Imperial Eagle in its arms and seals. (...) Contrary to the Imperial arms, the field was generally shown as silver. In 1871 the arms were granted with two lions as supporters and a mural crown. The supporters were again removed in 1888, the crown in 1908. In 1946 the silver field was finally changed to gold, the imperial (but not historical) colour.

Literature: Stadler 1964-1971.

Santiago Dotor, 19 December 2001

Flag variant as shown on the city website

[City of Dortmund, variant as shown on the city website (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)] 3:5
by António Martins

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