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Seal of the University  

The Seal of the University

The University of Kiel bears the name of its founder, Duke Christian Albrecht of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf, who established the university for his Duchy in the year 1665 – only seventeen years after the end of the Thirty Years' War.

The Seal also looks back to this time. It depicts a female figure holding a palm branch and a cornucopia filled with wheat, symbolizing peace.

The Seal bears the motto:

Pax optima rerum

(Peace is the greatest good).

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