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Pirna City (Germany)

Stadt Pirna, Landkreis Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge, Sachsen

Last modified: 2022-12-03 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Pirna city banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Nov 2022
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Pirna City

Pirna Banner

It is a red-yellow vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is shifted towards the top.
Source: this online catalogue
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Nov 2022

Pirna Tricolour reported 1896

[Pirna city banner] 5:2 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Dec 2022

It was a red-yellow-green vertical tricolour.
Source: Erwin Günther: "Wappen, Flaggen und Symbole in Sachsen und seinen Stadt- und Landkreisen", Goslar 2001, p.111
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Dec 2022

Pirna Coat of Arms

Shield Or on top of a triplemount issuant Vert a pear tree of the same trunked Maron and fruited Or, the trunk supported by two lions rampant addorsed Gules.
Pirna Castle was first mentioned in 1269. It had been a base of the Kingdom of Böhmen before since the 11th century. Pirna is the seat of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge County.The area was acquired by the Margraves of Meißen, who founded a settlement, which was first mentioned in 1231 and called a city in 1291. In the late Medieval Pirna had been an important trading post between Sachsen and Böhmen. The city flourished during the 15th century. The city had been manorial lord of three surrounding villages. Shipping and a hammer mill had been the most important business lines besides the numerous clothiers, having 47 master craftsmen in 1500. In 1629 more than 2000 refugees form Böhmen settled down in the city. In 1639 the city was besieged and looted by Swedish troops. A local seal under a charter signed on 8 September 1299 already displayed the punning pear tree. The black lion of the Margraviate of Meißen was added in 1408. The arms from 1549 displayed the current pattern with red lions, topped by a helmet crested with a pear tree with golden pears. Before 1989 the trunk of the tree had also been green.
Source: Bensing et alii 1984, pp.348-350
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Nov 2022

The banner was approved on 16 May 1995. The arms were granted in 1549 by King Ferdinand I.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Nov 2022

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