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Nassau ~Coat of Arms
The lion in the upper part is the arms of the Counts of Nassau, who built their castle in the village around 1100 and who granted the city rights in 1348. To distinguish the arms of the city with the arms of the dynasty, the lower part was made white. This combination is already seen on the oldest, 15th century seal. The arms were officially granted in 1906.
The arms of Nassau are one of the most widely spread arms in Germany, if not the world. The Nassau dynasty belonged to the highest noble families, with several distinct branches, all with many possessions. One of the branches inherited the principality of Orange in France and this dynasty is still the ruling family of the Netherlands. Another branch is still the ruling family of Luxembourg.
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