Strasbourg

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Blason de Strasbourg/Arms (crest) of Strasbourg
STRASBOURG

Country : France
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Département : Bas-Rhin
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Official blazon
French D'argent à la bande de gueules, le champ de l'écu diapré.
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Origin/meaning

The arms were first used by the city in the early 16th century when the city became a free Imperial city, within the Holy Roman Empire. The arms have never changed since, even though completely different arms were registered in 1696 in the Armorial Général de France. These arms were based on the old seals, but were never used by the city.

The city was the capital of an independent state within the borders of the Holy Roman Empire (thus outside France) until 1803. This state was ruled by the bishops of Strasbourg and they used the arms of the city in opposite colours (red field, silver bend) as arms for the state. In 1803 the state became part of Baden. In the 19th and 20th century the city has been part of France and Germany, since 1918 it is in France.

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