Le Mans

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Blason de Le Mans

Official blason

  • (fr) De gueules, à la croix d'or chargée d'une clef de sable en pal et cantonnée de quatre chandeliers d'argent; au chef cousu d'azur chargé de trois fleurs de lis d'or; le tout enfermé dans une filière d'or.


The chandeliers refer to a legend about a miracle that occurred at the funerals of Saint Julian, first bishop of Le Mans (in the 3rd century AD), in which three ever-burning candles were involved. The oldest arms of Le Mans showed only the candles.

Le Mans became a free city in the 11th century which is represented by the key. The chief of France indicates that the Le Mans was a Royal city, with the honour of having its mayor represented at the coronation ceremony of the French Kings.

Blason de Le Mans

The arms by Guilbert, 1853
Blason de Le Mans

The arms on a pre-1910 postcard
Blason de Le Mans

The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
Blason de Le Mans

The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens

Literature : Cordonnier et al, 1962


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