Heraldic Signs




Caransebes had its own seal from the oldest times, because a document from 1457 refers to it. The oldest known seal is from the year 1503 and had the inscription «Sigil Civitas Caransebesiensis 1503».

The actual heraldic signs of the town were established in 1999.

The blazon of the town of Caransebes is composed from a shield bent at the base, cut at the sole, having three quarters with the colors of the Romanian flag. The shield is stamped by a mural crown of silver with five towers, typical for towns.

The first quarter, which is red, contains a medieval fortress of silver with two sharp towers and with a closed central gate joined by a “rising sun” and a moon, both of gold. Over the fortress is a right arm with a sword, also from silver. The weapons of the quarter refer to the 13th century, period in which Caransebes was documentary certified and it has a powerful development. District capital for over five centuries, Caransebes is known as a Christian bastion of defense against the pagan invasion. The arm with the sword refers to the noble rank given to many local military leaders by the kings of that period. The two celestial bodies mean freedom, wealth, eternity, but also the renewal of Caransebes. The red shield-head means sovereignty and power – the first part represents the heraldic continuity from the year 1503 and 1930.

The second quarter, which is blue and represents faith, hope and sincerity is reserved to the Christian belief of the inhabitants of the town and presents the Saint Gheorghe equestrian, piercing the antichrist with the spear, everything is made of silver. The aureole of Saint Gheorghe and the scales of the animal are made of gold. Caransebes was and is a Bishopric, but it also had a military tradition. That's why this military Saint, spiritual patron of the Bishopric of Caransebes, who represents in fact the victory of Good against Evil, evocates very well the power of the Orthodox-Christian belief of the inhabitants of Caransebes.

The third quarter, made of gold, is reserved to the roman period, whose vestiges were discovered at Tibiscum. The roman soldier with the shield dropped, who leans on a spear with the head placed down, is the personification of Virtus, the roman god of courage, character found on the reverse of the roman coins which passed at that time in the town of Tibiscum .

The flag of Caransebes is in two colors – white and blue – which are, in fact, the colors of the former Border Guard Regiment.

The anthem of the town of Caransebes is based on the music of Antoniu Sequens and the lyrics of Gheorghe Balteanu:


“O, holy day, o, great day

Awaited for so long,

Be blessed!

The land of our song:

Ardeal and Banat ,

Crisana, Maramures,

The wonderful Moldova

So many times divided,

Today come to pray

To the divine powers,

Shouting, shouting,

Shouting: Glory to you,

Greater Romania ,

For eternity united!”