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Civic Heraldry of Peru
Héraldica de Peru


Origin/meaning :
The arms were granted by the spanish king Carlos I of Spain or Charles V of Germany by royal decree of October 7, 1541. The shield shows the "Misti volcano". The city of Arequipa lies on the base of this volcano. The red colour represents fire, bravery, generosity and a bloody victory against enemies. The trees and the river represents the countryside. The river is the "Chili river". The two lions represents bravery and warlike spirit. Arequipa is known as "The southern lion". The blue edge represents loyalty, beauty and sweetness. The eight "fleur de lys" represent high nobility and purity. The crest represents a noble helmet, a griffin with a banner with the inscription "Carlos or Karolus" the Spanish kings name.

Picture made by Enrique Augusto Noria Freyre.

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