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Leiden (The Netherlands)

Zuid-Holland province

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Leiden municipality Shipmate Flagchart :
adopted 11 Apr 1949 See also:

Leiden municipality

Number of inhabitants (1 Jan 2003): 117.031; area: 23,30 km². Settlements: Leiden (seat).
Leiden in Zuid-Holland province has the oldest university of the Netherlands (1574); the city, like Groningen and Nijmegen, nearly coincides with the university, about all citizens being involved with it.
Flagdescription: three equally wide horizontal stripes of red and white, with on the white stripe two red crossed keys on a white field, surrounded by a red circle.
This flag was adopted 11 Apr 1949.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].

Leiden 1938 flag

[Leiden 1938 flag] Shipmate Flagchart :

Old Leiden flag

[Old Leiden flag] Shipmate Flagchart :

Older images, especially paintings, show always flags with keys, such as the Napolitan flagbook of 1667. (That is "Bandiere usate in mare da diverse nazioni sopra i legni da guerra e mercantili", Napoli - manuscript in possession of the John Carter Brown Library, Providence, USA).
Description: red with two white keys in saltire, the key-bits facing each other.
Source: Sierksma's Nederlands Vlaggenboek, 1962 [sie62].
Jarig Bakker, 6 Jul 2003

Leiden Coat of Arms

Leiden Coat of ArmsInternational Civic Arms :

Granted 24 Jul 1816. The oldest church in Leiden was devoted to St. Peter, hence the keys.