Arras

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Blason de Arras/Arms (crest) of Arras
Country : France
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Département : Pas-de-Calais
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Official blazon
French De gueules au lion d'or, armé et lampassé d'azur, chargé en coeur d'un écusson d'azur semé de fleurs de lis d'or au lambel de gueules de trois pendants chargés chacun de trois petits châteaux d'or rangés en pal.
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Origin/meaning

The arms were granted on February 22, 1817.

The arms were already adopted much earlier, in November 1696 and are those of the council of the Ville d'Arras. Arras at the time was divided into two parts, the Ville and the Cité.

The origin of the lion is not known. The escutcheon shows the arms of the County of Artois, of which the city was the capital.

The city is entitled to use the decorations of the Légion d'honneur (granted 1919) and the Croix de guerre 1939-1945.

Literature: Bouchet et al, 1994


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