Saint-Étienne

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Blason de Saint-Étienne/Arms (crest) of Saint-Étienne
SAINT-ÉTIENNE

Country : France
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Département : Loire
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Additions:
1855 Beaubrun, Montaud, Outre-Furent, Valbenoîte
1969 Saint-Victor-sur-Loire, Terrenoire
1973 Rochetaillée

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Official blazon
French D'azur à deux palmes d'or passées en sautoir et cantonnées d'une couronne fermée d'or en chef et de trois croisettes pommetées [pierrées] d'argent en flancs et en pointe.
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Origin/meaning

The arms are known since 1667.

The palms and the crosses with little stones at their tips evoke the martyr of Saint-Stephen (Etienne in French), one of the first Christian martyrs, who was stoned to death in Jerusalem.

The royal crown express the will of the population, who wanted to be placed under the influence of the king, and no more of the lord of St Priest, whose arms were " five points or and four points azure"

The arms were borne unchanged since this date, although they were replaced for a short time during the French revolution and the Napoleonic era.

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Literature: J.J. Armorial Général des communes de France, Paris, 1995; Background provided by Thierry MURON <thierry.muron@wanadoo.fr>.


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