Nice

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NICE

Département : Alpes-Maritimes

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Origin/meaning

First recorded in 1431, the Red Eagle on three mounts becomes the standard representation of the city and the County only during the 16th Century. In 1502, the blue sea is added at the foot of the mounts (which by tradition represents the three hills on which the city was founded (the Greek city, the Roman city and Montalban). In 1578, a crown was added on the head of the eagle, and after the first French occupation (1695-1705) the Countal Crown and the palms are added to the shield. The inscription "Nicaea Civitas" at the bottom would be a later addition during the Piedmontese restauration of 1814.

Napoleon granted Nice rather different arms, see below, Which were abolished in 1814.

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The arms in the Café Sanka album +/- 1932
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The arms on a tobacco card by Laurens
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The arms on a postcard by Barré Dayez
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The arms on a postcard by Kroma
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The arms on a postcard by Maurice Jacquez
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The arms on a trade card from Félix Potin
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The arms in the city (image by Jan-Erik Løken)
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The arms on a stamp



Literature : Image taken from La banque du blason (with permission); Ciaudo, 1992