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Manhole cover in Schwerin

Manhole cover in Schwerin, Germany

Schwerin is the capital city (LANDESHAUPTSTADT) of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The manhole covers in Schwerin show the city arms in the version of 1991. The depicted knight represents Henry the Lion (Heinrich der Löwe). The conspicuous flag in his hand is a gonfalon.

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Manhole cover in Coburg

Manhole cover of Coburg, Germany

The manhole covers in Coburg show the city arms. They display the head of Saint Maurice, the patron of the city. According to legend, Saint Maurice died as leader of the Theban Legion a martyr’s death in the 3rd century. In general, this depiction of him is known as Coburger Mohr (Coburg Moor).

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Manhole cover in Munich

Manhole cover in Munich, Germany

The manhole covers in Munich display the ‘Münchner Kindl‘, who is also in mentioned in the city arms. Though in the Bavarian dialect Münchner Kindl simply means Munich child, the original meaning of the figure was a monk or friar.

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Manhole cover in Halle (Saale)

Manhole cover in Halle (Saale), Germany

This manhole cover in Halle (Saale) displays the coat of arms of the city. The city arms of Halle consist of a moon between two stars of different size. The colour of these symbols is red; the ground is silver.

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Manhole cover I in Naumburg (Saale)

Manhole cover with the city arms of Naumburg (Saale)

This manhole cover in Naumburg (Saale) displays the city arms. Interesting detail: Since 1993 the sword lays over the key. This manhole cover shows the older coat of arms with the key positioned over the sword.

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Manhole cover in Mistelbach

Manhole cover in Mistelbach, Austria

The manhole cover of Mistelbach shows a sprig of mistletoe, which is also depicted in the city arms. The term ‘Mistel‘ in the city name is actually the german term for a mistletoe.

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Manhole cover in Dresden

Manhole cover in Dresden showing the emblem of the city

The manhole covers in Dresden display the city arms of the city. The lion represents the Margraviate of Meissen and the poles called the Landsberger Pfähle refer to the March of Landsberg.

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Manhole cover in Celle

Manhole cover in Celle, Germany

The manhole cover of Celle shows the emblem of the city: A wall with three towers. In the gate there is a blue lion surrounded by seven red hearts.

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Manhole cover in Rottenmann

Manhole cover in Rottenmann, Austria

While watching a classic car ralley in Rottenmann I came across this manhole cover showing the emblem of the city.

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Roman sewer cover in Petronell-Carnuntum

Reconstruction of a Roman sewer cover

Reconstruction of an ancient Roman sewer cover seen at the Archaeological Park Carnuntum located in the Austrian state Lower Austria (Niederösterreich).

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Manhole cover in Tabor

Manhole cover in Tabor, Czech Republic

A manhole cover in Tabor, Czech Republic. It shows the coat of arms of the city. By the way an interesting sight of the city are the tunnels below the town.

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Manhole cover in Hanover

Manhole cover in Hannover, Germany

A manhole cover seen in Hannover, Germany. I know the coat of arms of Hannover which is in the center of the emblem but what about the two lions and the helmet? Do you know the meaning of this coat of arms?