Coat of arms of Košice

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Statue of the municipal coat of arms

Košice (today in Slovakia; previously part of the Kingdom of Hungary and Austria-Hungary, Kassa in Hungarian, Cassovia in Latin) was the first town in Europe to be granted its own coat of arms.[citation needed] It was granted by King Louis I the Great at the Castle of Diósgyőr near present-day Miskolc in 1369. By the year 1502 it had obtained altogether four heraldic warrants from four monarchs. The coat of arms used today is virtually unchanged since 1502.

The original coat of arms featured only the red and silver stripes and three fleur-de-lis on a blue background.[1]

The four red stripes in the coat of arms of Košice come from the medieval coat of arms of the Hungarian Árpád dynasty.[2] The three golden fleurs-de-lis on an azure field refer to the Capetian House of Anjou dynasty,[2] and the silver eagle to the Jagiellon dynasty.[2]

A statue of the municipal coat of arms (the work of Slovak sculptor Arpád Račko) was inaugurated in December 2002 at Hlavná ulica (Main Street).

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  1. ^ "r21. Coat of Arms of Košice from 1423". Samples of the book painting created in Slovakia. Retrieved 21 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c 'Klíc k našim mestum' by Karel Liška and Ludvík Mucha, ed. Práce in Prague, 1979.

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