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Tatabanya (Hungary)

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Last modified: 2012-12-29 by zoltán horváth
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2002-
image by István Molnár, 12 January 2006


2002-
image by István Molnár, 12 January 2006



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Overview

Tatabánya (75,000 inhabitants) is located some 60 km west of Budapest, close to the border with Slovakia. The city is mostly known for its brown coal mines.
Ivan Sache, 14 October 2005

Images based on modified Res. No.14/1991.(VII.18.) at Tatabánya Online.
István Molnár, 12 January 2006


1974-1991 Flag


image by István Molnár

Source: A magyar varosok cimerei (Coat of Arms of the Hungarian cities and towns); 1975.
István Molnár


1991-2002 Flags


image by István Molnár, 12 January 2006


image by István Molnár, 12 January 2006

Square Variant


image by Arnaud  Leroy, 14 October 2005

Here is the municipal flag of Tatabanya as it is flown in Saint-Lô (Normandy). Tatabánya (75,000 inhabitants) is located some 60 km west of Budapest, close to the border with Slovakia. The city is mostly known for its brown coal mines. Arnaud Leroy saw in Saint-Lô (Normandy) in August 2005 a flag representing Tatabánya. The flag was hoisted along with the flags of Saint-Lô and Saint-Ghislain (Belgium). Since the flag of Saint-Lô is square, the two other ones are square too. My recent message on Saint-Ghislain showed evidence that the municipal flag of Saint-Ghislain used in Saint-Ghislain is not square but rectangular. Therefore, there is no reason to believe that the municipal flag of Tatabánya used in Tatabánya is square. The flag is white with a green serrated border and the municipal coat of arms in the middle. The coat of arms is green with four thin white stripes in base and a flying black and white bird.
Ivan Sache, 14 October 2005


Coat of Arms


2002-
image from <hu.wikipedia.org>

Here is the description from Tatabánya Online:
"The new coat of arms of Tatabánya
The new coat of arms of the Town of Tatabánya of County Rank is effective as of 1st January 2002.
The change had become necessary because the old coat of arms had not indicated the mining past of the town.
At the top of the new coat of arms the two knapping hammers crossing each other on the lefthand side are designed to symbolize this.
On the shield with green background there is a "Turul" bird (the mythical eagle of the ancient Hungarians) with its wings spread and its head looking to the left. It wears the Holy Crown on the head and holds a sword in its talons with the sword-hilt pointing toward the righthand side of the shield.
The "Turul" on the Kő Hegy (Stone Hill) is a unique characteristic feature of Tatabánya. According to chronicle, the conquering Hungarians destroyed Svatoplouk´s army at Bánhida. In memory of this victory Central Europe´s largest bird statue was set up in 1907, which has been included naturally in the coat of arms as well.
In the upper righthand corner the four white huts as stylized dwelling houses indicate the past of the town, i.e. its predecessor settlements. Tatabánya was declared a town in 1947 by uniting the settlements of Alsógalla and Felsőgalla with German population, Bánhida with Slovak inhabitants and the mine-head camp.
The new coat of arms was designed by OLÁH György graphic artist born in Tatabánya, a Munkácsy Prize winner, and university lecturer at Budapest University of Fine Arts.
The escutcheon is a pointed shield with curved sides. The heraldic figure of "Turul" rests on the black-white base of shield which is a symbolic representation of the base of statue found on the Kő Hegy. The heraldic figure occupying the middle part of the shield is black against a green (pantone 347) background."
Dov Gutterman, 18 October 2005