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Tarnobrzeg county (Poland)

Powiat tarnobrzeski, Podkarpackie voivodship

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[Tarnobrzeg county new flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 Sep 2009
adopted 4 May 2009

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Tarnobrzeg new flag

Tarnobrzeg County (Polish: powiat tarnobrzeski) is a unit of territorial administration and local government (powiat) in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, south-eastern Poland. It was created on January 1, 1999 as a result of the Local Government Reorganization Act of 1998. Its administrative seat is the city of Tarnobrzeg, although the city is not part of the county (it constitutes a separate city county).

The flag proposal of February 6, 2008, reported by Jens, was rejected by the Heraldic Commission in Warsaw. They claimed it is too similar to many others using the "Leliwa" CoA and asked the Tarnobrzeg County Council to come up with something else.
They did, and on May 4, 2009 send for Commission's approval a new set of symbols:

Arms: "Renaissance shield in 72,5 (height) by 62,5 (length) rounded at the bottom and divided vertically into two parts.
First part - red - has three white bars on it.
Second part - dark blue - has the "Leliwa" CoA (upside down crescent moon under the six-pointed star, all gold) and, below it, four six-pointed smaller stars arranged in the square.
These stars are supposed to symbolize 4 communes of the County: Baranów Sandomierski, Gorzyce, Grebów and Nowa Deba. (all gold, too)"

Flag: "Rectangle 90 cm by 100 cm divided horizontally into three bands:
Upper one - dark blue - 15 cm
Middle one - yellow (gold) - 60 cm
Lower one - dark blue - 15 cm
County's Arms are situated centrally on the yellow band."

The new Arms correspond with the traditions of the old Sandomierz Land and Sandomierz Voivodship of the Commonwealth of Both Nations (Rzeczpospolita).
The "Leliwa" CoA's is retained to stress the importance of that Family in the history of Poland and Tarnobrzeg Region.
Hopefully, the new symbols will gain the approval of the Commission in the big city.
Source: <> (flag on page 2)
Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 Sep 2009

Tarnobrzeg county new COA

[Tarnobrzeg county new CoA] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 14 Sep 2009
adopted 4 May 2009

Tarnobrzeg proposed flag

[Tarnobrzeg county flag] image by Jens Pattke, 5 Dec 2008
(proposal) adopted 6 Feb 2008

On February 6, 2008, County Council adopted a decision of the new symbols of Tarnobrzeg County. Then we sent the new symbols to Polish Heraldic Commission. The Commission examined the drafts. A permit will be issued in the future.
The coat of arms is a renaissance-shield which at the basis is rounded. Between the tops of the underlying crescent is situated a golden star with six sharp prongs. Under the crescent are green garlands of oak leaves.
The flag is vertically divided blue-yellow-blue (3:10:3). Left and right of the yellow squares are a narrow blue strip. In the middle of the cloth is the Coat of Armsof the Tarnobrzeg County. The ratio of the cloth is 5:8.

Official colors are:
blue - C -100, M-65, Y- 0, K- 0
yellow (gold) - C -0, M-0, Y-100, K- 0
green - C-49, M-0, Y,98, K-0
Sources: county website.
Jens Pattke, 5 Dec 2008

A long shot, probably, but is there any link between this county and the English city of Portsmouth? The arms areremarkably similar. I know that Portsmouth's date are associated with King Richard I (the Lionheart) and werevery likely  used during the crusades (ironic, really - a star and crescent as arms against the Saracens). Though Portsmouth's star is now usually eight-pointed, the original version was often six-pointed.
See this website.
James Dignan, 6 Dec 2008

This coat of arms is known in Poland as "leliwa" and belongs to a certain family or more familes through marriage. See f.i. Mińsk Mazowiecki, Strykow, Tarnów city and Przeworsk city. A similar Coat of Arms is used by the town of Varnsdorf (Czech Rep.).
In The Netherlands crescent and star(s) are associated with the Crusades, notably the siege of Damiate (Egypt) (Haarlem, Dokkum), and with the families van Polanen and Wassenaar. (Wassenaar, Krimpen a.d.Lek, Ouderkerk a.d. IJssel). As far as I know there is no proven relationship to the Crusades (and to Portsmouth).
Jarig Bakker, 6 Dec 2008

Tarnobrzeg county Coat of Arms (rejected)

[Tarnobrzeg county Coat of Arms] image by Jens Pattke, 5 Dec 2008
(proposal) adopted 6 Feb 2008