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TURKU - ÅBO
- (fi) Sinisessä kentässä kultainen goottilainen A-kirjain, jonkasaaneena neljä hopealiljaa asetettuina 1+2+1.
- (sv) I blått fält ett gotiskt A av guld, åtföljt av fyra liljor av silver, ordnade 1+2+1.
The arms were officially granted on February 8, 1966.
The arms show the symbols of St. Mary, one of the patron saints of the city, the fleur-de-lys and the monogramme. The letter can also be seen as a letter A, for the Swedish name Åbo.
The composition already appeared on the oldest known seal of the city, dating from 1309.
The seal from 1309.
The colours were not very clear, in the middle of the 19th century the shield for example was shown in red, later in blue. The colours were only officially determined in 1966.
Proposal from the 19th century (1)
Proposal from the 19th century (2)
The arms at the end of the 19th century
Seal from the early 20th century
The arms on a road sign
and acquisition of new heraldic material
Literature : Pirinen, 1982, 216 p.