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Blason de Bayonne/Arms (crest) of Bayonne

Country : France

Département : Pyrénées-Atlantiques
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Official blazon
French De gueules à la tour crénelée d'or, ouverte, ajourée et maçonnée de sable, posée sur une mer au naturel, ondée d'or et de sable, la tour supportée par deux lions affrontés d'or et brochant sur le fût de deux chênes au naturel englantés d'or et surmontée d'une fleur de lis d'or.
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The arms were officially adopted on August 3, 1919.

The tower in the arms symbolises the fortifications in the city, the lion is the symbol of the power to defend the fortress. The meaning of the oak trees I don't know. The sea indicates that the city is a harbour town. The fleur-de-lis is the symbol of the French Kings and the old arms of France.

Before 1919 the city used a canting bayonet as arms.

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Literature: Image taken from La banque du blason( with permission)

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