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NEUFCHÂTEAU

Province : Luxembourg
Additions : 1977 Grandvoir, Grapfontaine, Hamipré, Longlier, Tournay

Armoiries de Neufchâteau

Official blazon

  • (1818) Van zilver beladen met St Michiel in zijne natuurlijke kleur het schild gedekt met een gouden kroon.
  • (1838) D'argent à un saint Michel au naturel, l'écu timbré d'une couronne à cinq fleurons d'or.
  • (1981) D'azur à un saint Michel arlé brandissant de la dextre une épée flamboyante, de la senestre une rondache, et terrassant le démon, le tout d'or.

Origin/meaning

The old arms were granted on September 10, 1818 and confirmed on December 31, 1838; the new arms were granted on November 26, 1981.

From before the 16th century the coats of arms of the city showed a saint Michael bringing down a dragon. There were variants, such as the archangel brandished a lightning or a lance. Sometimes, he held his shield, sometimes a pair of scales. Saint Michael. who is the patron saint of Neufchâteau, has the responsibility to weigh souls at the entry of the next world and to steer them towards the Paradise or towards the Hell.

In 1678 the city officially received arms showing the archangel, but many variations continue dto exist during the centuries.

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The arms from 1678
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The seal from 1681
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The 18th century seal
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The arms in 1808

In 1981 the colours were simplified to blue and gold, but the archangel remained.

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The arms from 1818/1838
Wapen van/Blason de Neufchâteau

The arms in the Koffie Hag/Café Hag albums +/- 1930

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Literature : All information provided by Patrick Pierloz, Belgium. From : A. GEUBEL, " Cercle Terre de Neufchâteau " , in " Contact, magazine de Neufchâteau ", 11ième année, n° 75, août 1989