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Šamorín is a small town in Slovakia located near the Danube 20 km southeast
of Bratislava. According to the tradition the name Šamorín (Slovak), or
Somorja (Hungarian), or Somerheim (German) originates from the Latin expression
"Santa Maria". (Source: the Šamorín
Šamorín has 12.051 inhabitants (71,0 % Hungarian; 1990 census). The
town was in Pozsony (Slovakian: Prešporok) County of the Kingdom of Hungary
till 1919/1920 (Czechoslovakian occupation / Treaty of Trianon). 1920-1938
part of Czechoslovakia, 1938-1944 part of Hungary (after the Decision of
Vienna). The Treaty of Paris (1947) reallocated it to Czechoslovakia.
István Molnár, 12 Jun 2000
The symbol of the town is the Saint Maria with Child Jesus in her arms
(see above). This symbol is also placed as a sculpture on the City Hall.
(Source: the Šamorín
Šamorín as a town with rich history had its seal already at the beginning
of 15th century. This seal is today kept in Budapest. The Town Council
in 1989 ordered new modified coat of arms to be created by Ladislav Ciserik,
a specialist on heraldry. The Council discussed on July 2nd, 1993 the proposal
of the newly designed form of the mentioned coat of arms and accepted its
following description: Virgin Mary with a golden crown on her head, dressed
in long purple clothes and also wearing a blue coat with golden decoration
on its edge, sits on a golden desk and holds the symbols of coronation
in her right hand. She holds the child in her arms. Around the head of
Jesus the glory can be seen and he holds in his left hand a golden apple
and his right hand touches the right hand of Virgin Mary. The crown and
the other symbols of coronation are designed in early gothic style.
Info from this page.
István Molnár, 26 Mar 2001