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City of Biesenthal (Barnim County, Brandenburg, Germany)

Stadt Biesenthal

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[City of Biesenthal (Barnim County, Brandenburg, Germany)] 3:5
by Stefan Schwoon

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Biesenthal is a town c. 40 km northeast of Berlin in Brandenburg, Germany.

Jarig Bakker, 11 August 2000

Biesenthal is a small town in Barnim county. Since 1994 it has a flag in the colours red-white with the arms. Source: Günther 1995.

Stefan Schwoon, 6 April 2001

The animated flag of Amt Biesenthal-Barnim reported by Jarig Bakker is quite different, horizontally green-white with different arms. It appears to be the same Biesenthal, but maybe the latter flag belongs to some supra-municipal authority.

Santiago Dotor, 14 June 2001

That's right. The city of Biesenthal is part of the Amt Biesenthal-Barnim, together with four other communes. In Brandenburg, an Amt is a level of administration between the counties and the individual communes. Such levels also exists in several other German states, possibly with different titles.

Stefan Schwoon, 14 June 2001

From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website:

Biesenthal received city rights in the early 14th century from the Counts of Brandenburg. The seals only showed the red eagle of Brandenburg until 1902, when the present arms were devised. Although the combination of eagle and castle looks historical, the arms thus are not very old.

Literature: Bensing et al. 1984.

Santiago Dotor, 30 April 2002