Czech heraldry

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The greater coat of arms of the Czech Republic includes the arms of Bohemia with the Bohemian lion, Moravia with a chequered eagle, and Silesia with a black eagle.

Czech heraldry is greatly influenced by Austrian heraldry since the country used to be a part of the Habsburg monarchy, and by German heraldry, but also shows Hungarian and Slavic influences.[1]

Until 1621, armorial bearings could be registered at the Royal Court of Bohemia in Prague. Then, until the dissolution of Austria-Hungary in 1918, they were recorded in Vienna, from which present-day Czech Republic was ruled.[1]

The double-tailed silver Bohemian lion is seen in many municipal arms in Bohemia but also in Moravia and in the surrounding countries in areas which used to be under the Bohemian crown. Among these are České Budějovice (Budweis), Hostomice, Karlovy Vary, Kolín, Kutná Hora in Bohemia, Slavkov u Brna in Moravia as well as Wrocław in Poland and Zittau in Germany.


  1. ^ a b Friar, Stephen, ed. (1987). A New Dictionary of Heraldry. London: Alphabooks/A&C Black. p. 123. ISBN 0 906670 44 6.

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