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Obernzell Market Town (Germany)

Markt Obernzell, Landkreis Passau, Bayern

Last modified: 2022-02-26 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Obernzell town banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Feb 2022
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Obernzell Market Town

Obernzell Banner

It is a red-white vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Feb 2022

Obernzell Coat of Arms

Shield Argent a wolf rampant Gules.
Former names had been "Griesbach in der Zell" or "Hafnerzell". The town belonged to the Bishopric of Passau until 1803. A seal was first mentioned in 1812, displaying the lion without shield and with a garland of laurel instead. The medal of the mayor (1820) first displayed the lion in a shield. The local authorities claimed in 1835, the arms had been granted by Bishop Albrecht of Passau (1362 - 1380). The courtyard in Wegscheid revealed however the claim as a fairy tale. The submitted image from 1835 dispalyed a sinister facing wolf. It is unknown, when his direction was changed.
Source: Stadler 1968, p.33
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Feb 2022

Banner and arms are in use without approval.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Feb 2022

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