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Coats-of-arms in the Český Krumlov Region


Drahoslavice fortress near near Český Krumlov, alliance coat-of-arms of Johann Christian I. von Eggenberg and Marie Ernestine von Eggenberg, geb. von Schwarzenberg The ownership of a coat-of-arms was one of the privileges of the aristocratic families, the emblem gave them a prestigious standing in society. Apart from the prominent aristocratic families in the Český Krumlov region, like the Rosenbergs, Eggenbergs, Schwarzenbergs or the Buquoy families, we can come across coats-of-arms belonging to lower class of aristocrats. They were found in architectural details of buildings, tombstones etc. The emblems of the lower class of aristocrats are usually very different, they show mostly motives of animals, figures and objects or their parts.

Coats-of-arms of selected lower class aristocratic families in the Český Krumlov Region :

Častolár family from Dlouhá Ves
The Častolár family originally came from the south-west region of Bohemia. In the 16th century they received the Fortified Settlement of Chlum and Little Castle of Křemže.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign of the family was a disc which represented a hand protector on the lower part of a lance





Aldermen of Křemže

Coat-of-arms of the town of Křemže, original seal of Jan Smil of Křemže

The origination of the family as well as the coat-of-arms comes from the Bavor family from Strakonice. They owned the Little Castle of Křemže.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign was an arrow, which is also a sign of Křemže today.

Bavor family of Strakonice, coat-of-arms

Aldermen of Michalovice
The origination of the family and its coat-of-arms has been derived from the Markvartic family. The family name has connections with the castle of Michalovice near Mladá Boleslav. The aldermen of Michalovice owned the Velešín Castle, Sokolčí Castle, and the Fortified Settlement of Benešov nad Černou in the Český Krumlov region.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign was a quartered emblem with a silver lion and silver and black stripes.

Omlenička, Baroque church from 1732, tympanum of entrance portal with coat-of-arms of the Counts of Nützú and Thürheim, 1st half of 18th century, foto: Lubor Mrázek

Aldermen of Pořešín
The origin of the family and its coat-of-arms is derived from the Bavor family from Strakonice. Little Castle of Pořešín belonged to the family estates. The aldermen of the Pořešín family were in service of the Rosenberg family or participated in religious activities. The family died out in year 1473.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign was again an arrow.

Pouzar family from Michnice

Coat-of-arms of Beneš from Michalovice

This alderman family had a seat in the Fortified Settlement of Michnice.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign was a figure of a knight holding a sword in his hand.

Rous family from Čeminy
The members of this family mainly acted in the services of the Rosenberg family. They were the donors of works of art, for example from the workshop of the Master from Zátoň, from where the Votiv Altar from Přední Výtoň came. It was made at the beginning of the 15th century. On the picture we see a coat-of-arms, which possibly belonged to Jan Rous z Čemin.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign was a part of a wooden wheel.

Višeň family from Větřní

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This alderman family owned the Fortified Settlement of Větřní and later on also the Fortified Settlement of Pasovary. The majority of the family members worked in the services of the Rosenberg family.
Emblem : The coat-of-arms sign was a barrel with three metal rims.

Further information :
Coats-of-arms in Český Krumlov

Český Krumlov Castle, Coats-of-arms corridor, seal of the Schwamberg family, foto: Lubor Mrázek

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