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Görlitz (district)


Görlitz (German: Landkreis Görlitz; Czech: Zemský okres Zhoreleč) is a district (Kreis) in the Free State of Saxony, Germany. It is named after its capital city Görlitz. It borders (from the west and clockwise) the district of Bautzen, the state Brandenburg, Poland and the Czech Republic.

History

The district was established in August 2008 by merging three smaller districts: the district of Löbau-Zittau, Niederschlesischer Oberlausitzkreis (Lower Silesian Upper Lusatia district) and the urban district of Görlitz.

Geography

The district comprises the south-eastern part of Lusatia and west part of Silesia, including part of the Lausitzer Bergland. The Lusatian Neisse forms its eastern border, the Spree flows through the western part of the district.

Coat of arms

The coat of arms of Görlitz district contains references to the various territories the district has been part of in the past. The black eagle with the crescent over its chest refers to Silesia. The crowned lion with two tails

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