|En campo de plata un puente de dos ojos, sumado de la iglesia de San Antón de su color y a su siniestra dos lobos de sable andantes y en palo, sobre ondas de azur y plata.
The arms correspond to the traditional arms of the Bilbao City. It represents the Church of San Antón (Saint Anthony) and the old first bridge of Bilbao over the Nervión River (destroyed at the beginning of XX century and replaced by a new one). The two wolfs over the bridge represent the arms of Bilbao's founder, Don Diego López de Haro, who also granted the city rights.. The "López" surname come from latin "lupus" (wolf).
The left image below in an older version of the arms.
The central image below shows the official corporative sign of Bilbao's council in the 1990s, and was used as the official arms image of the city, but is only a mere simplification of the original arms.
The right image below originates from the Bilbao official website, from an article on the official adoption of the arms from 2016. Possibly an illustrative emblazonment used during the adoption process.
The arms in the town (source)
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Index of the siteLiterature: de Cadenas, A. A. and de Cadenas, V. : Heraldica de las comunidades autonomas y de las capitales de provincia. Hidalguia, Madrid, 1985; Heráldica municipal de Bizkaia, no year; background by Daniel Gibert Cobos; new image from Wikipedia; 2016 depiction from official site of Bilbao