Last modified: 2004-07-31 by ivan sache
Keywords: haut-rhin | horbourg-wihr | star: faceted (black) | tower (white) |
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by Pascal Vagnat
The municipality of Horbourg-Wihr (5,060 inhabitants) is located a few kilometers east of Colmar, the capital city of Upper (Southern) Alsace.
The municipality is made of the two villages of Horbourg and Wihr-en-Plaine. The main monument of the municipality is the church Saint-Michel in Wihr, with a bell-tower from the XIIth century and frescos from the XVIth century.
Ivan Sache, 17 March 2004
The municipal flag of Horbourg-Wihr is of recent adoption. It was presented in the daily newspaper L'Alsace on 6 novembre 2003 (Horbourg-Wihr. La commune sous sa bannière, by Anne-Marie Strubel). with a colour model of the flag. The Communauté d'agglomération de Colmar asked each of its member municipalities (Colmar, Houssen, Ingersheim, Sainte-Croix-en-Plaine, Turckheim, Wettolsheim and Wintzenheim) to present its municipal flag for the first official meeting of the Communauté on 17 November 2003.
Mayor Robert Blats and deputy mayor Denise Riesch, in charge of culture, tourism and heritage, decided to design the municipal flag. Ms. Riesch explained in a letter to Pascal Vagnat how she drafted the flag, which is based on the municipal arms of the two villages constituting the municipality. The arms of Horbourg are white with a red stripe and a black faceted star in canton, whereas the arms of Wihr shows a white tower on a blue field. Ms. Riesch used as template a rectangular flag diagonally divided, with the left part of the flag representing Horbourg and the right part representing Wihr. In order to have a more dynamic design, she transformed the horizontal stripe of the arms of Horbourg into an ascending diagonal and used a descending diagonal to separate the two fields of the flag. Accordingly, the municipal flag of Horbourg-Wihr is divided white-blue by a descending diagonal, the white field being charged with a red ascending diagonal stripe surmonted by a black star faceted white and the blue field being charged with a white tower.
The flag was officially hoisted in front of the city hall for the first time on 20 December 2003.
Pascal Vagnat, 17 March 2004