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City emblem

City emblemThe emblem of the Kędzierzyn-Koźle urban agglomeration is the crest of Koźle, which dates from the 14th century. The crest of Kędzierzyn, not used today, included half with the eagle of the Upper Silesian Piast dynasty and half with a laboratory flask in a red field.

In the present emblem, there are three goat heads on necks, two are up, directed one to another, and the third lies below, with jaws turned to the centre of the shield. The heads are black, the horn is golden and the shield is silver. The emblem of Kędzierzyn-Koźle is a so called “speaking” emblem, which refers to the use over centuries of the Polish name of the city: Koźle, i.e. to the three Kozłowie brothers of legend (The Goats), who resided here in the 12th century in a stronghold. This legend – the story about the three brothers refers to the legend about Lech, Czech and Russ – the literary motif from the early Middle Ages.

Based on  Damian Tomczyk, “Emblems of Opole Silesia cities and towns”, Opolska Oficyna Wydawnicza, Opole, 1996

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