Welcome to the largest website on civic heraldry !

This site is completely devoted to civic heraldry, i.e. coats of arms of countries, states, provinces, towns, villages etc. The site is not restricted to any country.

There are no data on coats of arms of families, individual persons or genealogical data, nor do I have any information on those subjects !
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Although as much information on the arms as possible will be included, like pictures, meaning, history, most often there is just a picture, not a description of the arms, nor a history. All information is taken from public sources (books, internet) and the sources are always mentioned and credited. Most pictures are scans from books, with the exception of the Dutch civic arms, where all the pictures are made by myself.

Arms of countries, areas or provinces that do not exist anymore, are placed under the country in which the area is situated at this moment (except for the historical provincial arms in Austria-Hungary). For example, cities, which were granted arms during the Russian Empire, are now under the individual countries. Similarly, towns in the former German provinces of Prussia and Posen are placed under Poland, the South African Homelands are under South Africa and Dutch East Indies are under Indonesia.

Countries and special topic pages can be found by the menu bar above.

The site is currently being restructured and will be relocated to another server. Not all links may thus be working properly. Please send any broken links to me with as subject Broken Link. Without this subject, the mail will be rejected as spam !

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This site is private and non-commercial. All sources are mentioned when known. If you own copyrights to the information provided and are not mentioned, please contact the webmaster.

The information of this site may be used for private purposes but only with credit/link to this site. Be aware that for many non-commercial purposes permission of the (municipal) council to which the arms belong is needed ! When not sure, contact the council.
For commercial purposes permission of the council as well as the webmaster of this site is always needed. The webmaster of this site is not responsible for commercial use of the material provided.