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Harlingen [Municipality] (The Netherlands)

Harns [Gemeente] (Nederland)

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Historical flag

Yellow, with thin top and bottom stripes of blue. In the centre of the yellow is a white circle, outlined in blue. This circle contains some arms - quartered with 1st and 4th the same, with three of something black in them, and the 2nd and 3rd contain three of something red. These could be stars, or could be crowns. It's very difficult to tell.
(Source: Dutch atlas made by Delisle in 1739)

James Dignan, 14 November 1996

The 1st and 4th quarter of the circle red with three golden fleur-de-lys placed 2 and 1. The 2nd and 3rd quarter silver with four red crosses pattée.

Mark Sensen, 30 March 1998

Harlingen/Harns is one of the oldest Frisian towns. According to legend the oldest Frisian flag, known as the 'Magnus-fane' was buried in the churchwall of the old town of Almenum, which was swallowed by the sea (c. 1000 AD). The present municipality contains parts of the old municipality of Barradeel.

The flag is derived from the CoA, which dates from the 15th century. Details can be found at Ralf Hartemink's site:

Jarig Bakker, 25 August 1999

Flag: Three stripes blue and yellow, 1 : 6 : 1, with on the middle of the yellow stripe a circle with a blue border as wide as a blue stripe, with inside it the charges of the municipal arms." Established 10-3-1857.

The shield is: Quartered: I and IV: Red three lilies gold, placed 2 : 1; II and III: Silver four broad-armed crosses red.

Note that the date is not a typo.

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