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TOULOUSE

Département : Haute-Garonne

Blason de Toulouse

Official blazon

De gueules à la croix cléchée, vidée et pommetée de douze pièces d'or, montée sur une hampe du même posée en pal, adextrée d'un château donjonné de trois tours et senestrée d'une basilique de Saint-Sernin à trois clochers, le tout d'argent maçonné de sable, à l'agneau pascal d'argent, la tête contournée et nimbée d'or, brochant sur le tout ; au chef cousu d'azur semé de fleurs de lis d'or.

Origin/meaning

The arm show an Agnus Dei, probably the oldest arms/symbol of the city as can be seen on the seal of 1303 (see below). The cross is the cross of the Occitanie region and is taken from the arms of the Count of Toulouse. The counts statred the use of the cross in the 12th or 13th century.

The two buildings, the local castle and cathedral, indicate the strength of the city. The chief is the chief of France and probably was added after King Philippe III inherited the County of Toulouse in 1272.

During Napoleonic times, the chief was replaced by a chief with three bees.


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Literature : Louis, 1949