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Chorzˇw (Poland)

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Chorzˇw flag

[Chorzˇw flag] by Gunnar Staack, 22 Dec 2000

Chorzˇw is a city county without a corresponding land county. Flag adopted: 22 June 1938. Source: Flaga 7. Chorzˇw is a manufacturing and mining city 10 km NNW of Katowice with (1981) 149.649 inhabitants. Chorzow or Chorzˇw Stary was the name of the old village, founded in 1257. In 1791 the Germans opened a coalmine 'K÷nig', and nearby founded a settlement 'K÷nigshŘtte', aka 'Nowy Chorzˇw', also known as 'Krˇlewska Huta'. In 1922 'K÷nigshŘtte' was ceded to Poland, renamed 'Krˇlewska Huta'; in 1934 an agglomeration was formed by fusion of the communes of Chorzˇw, Hajduki Nowe, and Krˇlewska Huta, and renamed 'Chorzˇw', and it retained that name since then.
Gunnar Staack, 22 Dec 2000


Chorzˇw Coat of Arms

[Chorzˇw Coat of Arms] from the Chorzow website.

In April 1936 the city council of Chorzˇw organized a competition to get a new Coat of Arms. Many proposals were sent in, and the one from the Department of History of the Jagiellonian University was selected. Designer was Jan Czarnecki, the son of a teacher from Chorzˇw. It was confirmed as city coat of arms on 14 June 1938. The coat of arms consists of two fields and reminds of the coats of arms of old Upper Silesian towns. The right field has a golden eagle, its head turned to the right, on a blue background. The left field has a double cross, with at the end spread arms on a black background. The eagle of the Upper Silesian Piasts reminds of the fact that the village of Chorzˇw was presented in 1257 to the Miechowite monastery by Prince Władysław of Opole. After the adoption of the coat of arms the city council adopted as city colors blue and red.
Source: the Chorzow homepage.
Jarig Bakker, 26 Dec 2000