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Orneta commune (Poland)

Lidzbark county, Warmińsko-mazurskie vojvodship

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[Orneta flag] image by Gunnar Staack, 14 Oct 2000
adopted 1995 See also:

Orneta commune flag

Orneta is in Lidzbark Warminski county. German name: Wormditt; it is c. 50 km east of Elblag. Flag adopted 1995.
by Gunnar Staack, 14 Oct 2000

Orneta Coat of Arms

[Orneta coat of arms] image from this webpage.

According to some legend, many ages ago there lived a dragon that devoured not only animals, but also women and children. Many knights who tried to set the town free from the disaster were killed in a struggle with the monster. At last one of the knights managed to combat the dragon. Reminiscences of the legend are reflected in Orneta's crest. The oldest image of the crest is known from the sealing wax on a document from 1388. It represents the dragon biting its own tail. In the frame of the seal there is only a fragment of an inscription which says" S.BV.MDIT." However, on the seals from the 15th c., a juridical seal from the 16th c. as well as the seal of the Town Secretary from 18th c. there is the dragon coiled, lying on its own back.
Information from this website.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Sep 2002