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Görlitz county (Germany)

Landkreis Görlitz, district Chemnitz, Saxony

Last modified: 2009-05-03 by jarig bakker
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[Görlitz county flag] 3:5 image by Jens Pattke, 25 Apr 2009
adopted 28 Jan 2009; design: Jörg Mantzsch

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Görlitz county flag

Görlitz (German: Landkreis Görlitz) is a county (Kreis) in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is named after its capital city Görlitz. It borders (from the west and clockwise) the county of Bautzen, the state Brandenburg, Poland and the Czech Republic.
The county was established by merging the former counties of Löbau-Zittau and Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis and the urban county Görlitz as part of the district reform of August 2008.

The district comprises the south-eastern part of Lusatia, including part of the Lausitzer Bergland. The Lusatian Neisse forms its eastern border, the Spree flows through the western part of the district.

The county of  Görlitz adopted news symbols on January, 28 2009. The official approval was granted on April,21 2009.
The flag is horizontally divided yellow-blue (1:1) with the CoA of the county of  Görlitz in the center of cloth.

The inofficial description (translated by Klaus-Michael Schneider): The shield has a golden base masoned black and limited by a crenelly line. The base is superimposed by a bunch of three green linden leaves. The upper part is divided per pale. The dexter side shows in a blue field a golden(=yellow) shield containing a black eagle, red armed and tongued with a lying silver(=white)crescent, which is topped by a silver Greek cross upon its breast.
The sinister shows in a red field a silver(=white) rampant double-queued lion, armed, tongued and crowned golden..

Meaning: The county's territory belongs to Upper Lusatia, which is why the wall has been displayed. The wall is from the arms of Upper Lusatia, derived from the city-arms of Bautzen.
The lindenbranch on the wall represents the Sorbian population of the county.
The division in blue and red symbolizes the the connection between the Upper Lusation wall and the Bohemian lion. The Bohemian lion represents the long relationship with the Kingdom of Bohemia. The Lower Silesian eagle stands for the cultural identification of part of the inhabitants with Silesia.

Jörg Mantzsch from Magdeburg designed flag and CoA of the county of Görlitz.
Sources (in German): County website.
The city of Görlitz has its own flag.
Jens Pattke, 25 Apr 2009

county banner

[Görlitz county banner] image by Jens Pattke, 25 Apr 2009
adopted 28 Jan 2009; design: Jörg Mantzsch

county CoA

[Görlitz county CoA] image by Jens Pattke, 25 Apr 2009
adopted 28 Jan 2009; design: Jörg Mantzsch