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Geratal Municipality (Germany)

Gemeinde Geratal, Ilmkreis, Thüringen

Last modified: 2021-08-07 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Geratal municipal banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021
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Geratal Municipality

Geratal Banner

It is a green-yellow-green vertical triband with ratio of stripes 1:3:1. The coat of arms is in the middle of the yellow stripe.
Source: §2(2) of the local Hauptsatzung, version 29 July 2020
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

Geratal Coat of Arms

Shield Vert, parted in chief by an arched bridge Or with six stays, issuant from arch a bend sinister wavy Argent and a bend wavy Argent, between both six bezants ordered 1:2:3.
Meaning:
The wavy bends are representing the Wilde Gera (English: wild Gera), and the Zahme Gera (English: tame Gera), the headwater streams of the name giving Gera River. Stays and bezants are representing the six former municipalities Frankenhain, Geraberg, Geschwenda, Gossel, Gräfenroda and Liebenstein. The bridge is symbolising the new municipality as a connecting element.
Source: §2(1) of the local Hauptsatzung, version 29 July 2020
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021


Geschwenda Village

Geschwenda Banner

[Geschwenda village banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

It was a red-white vertical bicolour with centred arms.
Source: this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

Geschwenda Coat of Arms

Shield Argent, a fir Vert, stemmed and eradicated Sable, issuant from roots two flames Gules.
Meaning:
The arms are based upon a local seal from the late 1940ies. The burning pine is a canting element; the name is derived from forest clearance by slash and burn (German: Schwenden).
Source: Hartmut Ulle: "Neues Thüringer Wappenbuch", 2nd edition, Erfurt 2011
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

Banner and arms were approved on 5 September 2000.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021


Gossel Village

Gossel Banner

[Gossel village banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

It was a black-yellow-black vertical triband with ratio of stripes 1:2:1. The coat of arms was shifted towards the top in the yellow stripe.
Source: this photo
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

Gossel Coat of Arms

Shield Sable, a half length portrait of a man dressed Or with hair and beard of the same and with a hat of the same decorated by a scallop lined Sable, he holds a baton Or in bend sinister by his hands, in dexter chief three balls Or ordered 2:1, base Or charged with three Greek crosses Sable in fess.
Meaning:
The main charge is based on the local seals, which displayed St. James the Elder, recognisable by his attributes scallop, hat and baton. He is probably referring to a former nearby Cistercian Nunnery, which had been a place of pilgrimage. In 1909 a statue of the saint was built, which is still in the village. The balls are the attributes of St. Nicholas, patron saint of the former local parish church. The crosses are the remains of the seven so called "crosses of atonement", stone crosses placed alongside the local way of pilgrimage.
Source: Hartmut Ulle: "Neues Thüringer Wappenbuch", vol. 2, Erfurt 1997, p.12
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021

Banner and arms were approved on 1 March 1995 by Central Administration Authority (Landesverwaltungsamt) of Thüringen.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2021


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