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Civic heraldry of Denmark - Danmarks Kommunevåbener
AARHUS (1948-2010 ÅRHUS)
Region : Midtjylland
Amt (until 2007) : Århus
Additions : 1970 Beder-Malling, Borum-Lyngby, Brabrand-Sdr. Årslev, Elev, Elsted, Harlev-Framlev, Hasle, Hjortshøj-Egå, Holme-Tranbjerg, Mårslet, Ormslev-Kolt, Sabro-Fårup, Tilst-Kasted, Todbjerg-Mejlby, Trige, Solbjerg, Vejlby-Risskov, Viby, Åby
The arms are derived from the old seal of the city, known since 1356, but dating from around 1250. The arms were formally registered in 1938.
The arms show St. Clement with the anchor and St. Paul with the sword, the two patron saints of the local cathedral. In some old versions of the seal and/or arms, the two saints are holding oars. This is due to a misunderstanding of the city name as Åre-hus, oar-house. Actually it is from Å-os, or river mouth. Two later, smaller, seals only show the oars, either free, or in an oar-house.
Seal from 1356
Seal from 1608
Seal from 1648
The arms in the Kaffe Hag album, 1933
Literature : Achen, 1982; Zeuthen, 2000
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