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Olpe County (Germany)

Kreis Olpe, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2012-08-13 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Olpe County flag] 3:5  image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Nov 2007 See also:

Olpe County

Description of flag:
The flags ratio is 3:5. It is a horizontal triband red - white red, proportioned 1:3:1, with the coat of arms shifted towards the hoist.
Description of coat of arms:
Per pale a) or two fesses gules; b) argent a cross noir.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Nov 2007


[Olpe County banner] 3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Nov 2007

Description of banner:
Three vertical stripes of red and white, proportioned 1:3:1; the coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Nov 2007

Coat of Arms

The shield is divided per pale. The right half shows a black cross in a silver field, the left half two red bars in a golden field.
The arms were granted on October 12, 1949.
The city of Olpe was one of the main cities in the State of Köln, and a large part of the district belonged to Köln. The cross in the right half of the arms is the cross of Köln. The Left half shows the arms of the Lords of Fürstenberg, who ruled as governors for the bishops of Köln several territories in the present district. They also founded the large Schnellenberg castle in the district.
Sources: Stadler 1972, p.76 and Ralf Hartemink.

Jarig Bakker, 11 Nov 2007

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