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Armorial de France


Département : Rhône
Additions : 1852 La Croix-Rousse, La Guillotière, Vaise; 1963 Saint-Rambert-l'Île-Barbe

Blason de Lyon/Arms of Lyon
Official blazon
French De gueules au lion d'argent; au chef cousu d'azur à trois fleurs de lis d'or.
English No blazon/translation known. Please click here to send your (heraldic !) blazon or translation


The lion is a canting symbol for the city, and has been used on the seals of the city since the 13th century. The chief of France was granted by King Philippe V in 1320. The arms have not changed since.

Blason de Lyon

The arms shown in 1519 (source)

The city has since 1949 the right to use the chain of the Légion d'honneur around the shield. The city also uses the motto "avant avant lion le melhor"

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Literature: Tricou et al., 1963