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Goms commune (Valais/Wallis canton, Switzerland)

Last modified: 2023-11-25 by martin karner
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[Flag of Goms] image by Pascal Gross

[On 1 January 2017 the communes of Blitzingen, Niederwald, Grafschaft, Münster-Geschinen and Reckingen-Gluringen merged to the new commune of Goms (see below). It adopted the old emblem of Münster.]

Blitzingen (until 31 December 2016)

[Flag of Blitzingen] image by Pascal Gross

Azure, issuant from a cliff Vert a flag per fess Gules and Argent two Crosses couped counterchanged staffed of the third and finialed Or, issuant from sinister a Thunderbolt Or, in Chief two Mullets Or.
Željko Heimer, 15 March 2000

Based on the French blazon, this could be worded "Azure a lightning bolt Or issuing from sinister, a Flag divided in Gules and Argent, with two Crosses counterchanged, affixed to a Hoist Gules with a Finial Or above the lightning bolt and mounted Mountain Vert, all crowned by two six-pointed Stars Or."
Aveledo Coll, 16 March 2000

[Blitz = lightning]

Geschinen (until 31 December 2004/31 December 2016)

[Flag of Geschinen] image by Pascal Gross

Gules, on a Mount Vert a Cottage Argent, in Chief dexter a cross pattee of the same and sinister a Sword inverted Or.
Željko Heimer, 16 March 2000

The little Swiss chalet appearing on that flag is called in Switzerland a mazot.
Pascal Gross, 16 March 2000

Gluringen (until 31 December 2003/31 December 2016)

[Flag of Gluringen] image by Pascal Gross

Azure, a bend Or, in chief a lion passant bendwise Argent.
Željko Heimer, 18 March 2000

Grafschaft (until 31 December 2016)

[Flag of Grafschaft] image by Pascal Gross

Azure a Crozier Or issuiant from base surrounded with three Mullets of five of the same.
Željko Heimer, 22 July 2002

On the 1st of January 2001, the 3 fomer communes of Biel, Ritzingen and Selkingen have merged to form the new commune of Grafschaft. The new flag is based on the flag of Biel, three stars have been added to symbolize the 3 former communes merged into the new entity.
Pascal Gross, 20 July 2002

Biel (until 31 December 2000)

[Flag of Biel] image by Pascal Gross

Azure, a Crosier Or.
Željko Heimer, 14 March 2000

Ritzingen (until 31 December 2000)

[Flag of Ritzingen] image by Pascal Gross

Gules, issuant from a Base Vert faillis a Church Argent doored windowed and roofed Sable in chief dexter a Cross patee of the third.
(The keyword here is the attribute "faillis" meaning "A fracture in an ordinary, as if it were broken or a splinter taken from it".)
Željko Heimer, 25 March 2000

Selkingen (until 31 December 2000)

[Flag of Selkingen] image by Pascal Gross

Divided by a pale wavy Argent in Azure a Chapel of the first and Gules a Cross pattee of the first.
Željko Heimer, 20 March 2000

Münster (until 31 December 2004/31 December 2016)

[Flag of Münster] image by Pascal Gross

Per fess Gules and Argent, two Crosses pattee in pale counterchanged.
Željko Heimer, 18 March 2000

Niederwald (until 31 December 2016)

[Flag of Niederwald] image by Pascal Gross

Or, on Coupeaux Vert three Pine trees of the same trunked proper, a Chief Azure.
Željko Heimer, 18 March 2000

Reckingen (until 31 December 2003/31 December 2016)

[Flag of Reckingen] image by Pascal Gross

Vert, a pile inverted wavy Argent, a masoned causeway issuant from base Argent with a covered bridge Or, in chief Azure a cypher MAR Argent.
Željko Heimer, 20 March 2000

The three letters M A R stand for Marie to whom the parish is devoted.
Pascal Gross, 19 March 2000