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City of Bergheim (Germany)

Stadt Bergheim, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, Northrhine-Westphalia

Last modified: 2012-10-17 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Bergheim flag] 3:5  image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Jan 2012
approved 1976 See also:

Current Flag

Description of current flag:
The flag's ratio is 3:5. It is a yellow over black horizontal bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the flag.
Source: various flag manufacturers are presenting the same pattern in their online catalogues
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Jan 2012

Banner

[Bergheim banner] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Jan 2012

Description of banner:
It is a yellow - black vertical bicolour. The coat of arms is in the centre of the banner.
Source: this webpage
The existence of both is mentioned within 4 of Hauptsatzung of the city of Bergheim version 28 August 1996, updated 4 August 2011, both are however not visible in the web, there are just appendices without access.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Jan 2012

Coat of Arms

Description of coat of arms:
In a blue field is a silver (=white) embattled circle wall having four embattled towers. In the circle is a golden (= yellow) inescutcheon showing a black, rampant lion, armed and tongued red.
Meaning:
According to source the coat ofarms are based on the oldest seal of the city, which dates from the early 14th century, probably before the city rights were granted. The inescutcheon is alluding to the Counts/Dukes, of Jülich, who owned the city for a long time and granted the city rights in 1317. The circle wall is symbolizing the city rights. Bergheim was residence of the counts until approx 1312.
Source: Stadler 1972, p.23
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 Jan 2012

Flag and banner were approved by Regierungspräsident Köln(?) in 1976, the coat of arms was approved in 1961 by minister of interior of Northrhine-Westphalia and confirmed in 1976.

Bergheim is the capital of the county.


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