Arms of Breitenau am Hochlantsch, Austria

Breitenau am Hochlantsch

Granted 1976

Blazon: Per pale argent on a pile azure two hammers in saltire of the first and vert as many churches of the first, roofed and windowed sable.

Mining has been one of the central industries in the area since the 11th century, hence the hammers on the dexter side of the escutcheon. The churches on the sinister represent the churches of St. Jakob and St. Erhard located in the village.

I’m a little disappointed that they decided to cram the sinister side on there, honestly. The dexter is great – simple, clean, distinctive, obviously speaking to the town’s heritage, easy to replicate. I’ll admit to a strong prejudice against representing specific buildings in arms, mostly because it’s not usually obvious to non-locals, and it doesn’t work unless the building is still THERE (*cough* Bühlerzell*cough*). So, half really good armory, half meh. Partial credit for venerating one of the more obscure saints, I guess.

Arms of Bühlerzell, Germany

Buehlerzell

In use since at least 1987

Blazon: Argent a church tower gules windowed sable and surmounted by a passion cross or, in chief an antler fesswise of the third; overall a base wavy azure

The church depicted in the arms does not bear much resemblance to the existing church, but it may refer to one of the previous two churches built on that site.

Arms of Böheimkirchen, Austria

Boeheimkirchen

Granted 1952

Blazon: Per pale azure a church on a mount in base proper, in chief the letter Y or, and argent a wolf rampant gules

Both the wolf and the letter Y derive from the municipal arms of nearby regions. The red wolf, also known as the “Passau wolf,” has been used by the diocese of Passau since at least 1259. The Y is an abbreviation of “Yppolytus,” or St. Hippolytus of Rome, after whom the diocese of St. Pölten was named. The church is probably a depiction of the local church of St. James. The current building dates back to the 14th century, but mentions of a church on the same site date back to 985.