Lyon Coat of Arms and Flag

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Lyon coat of arms and flag crest

Lyon Coat of Arms

Lyon Coat of arms
Lyon Coat of arms

The coat of arms has a lion symbol and has been used on the seals of the city since the 13th century, it was granted to the city by King Philippe V in 1320, since then the coat of arms hasn’t been changed.

The Lion on the coat of arms stands for ‘courage and Strength’.

Since 1949 the city was granted the right to use the chain of the Légion d’honneur around the shield, Légion d’honneur is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.

City Motto

“avant avant lion le melhor”, translates to “Before before the melhor”

Flag of Lyon

Flag of Lyon
Flag of Lyon

In the 13th century, the Merchant guilds revolted against the archbishop Count of Lyon and used the banner with a lion on it, to show their own strength and in 1320, the King of France, Philippe V forced Archbishop Pierre de Savoie to free Lyon and  later on the Province of Lyonnais was established and the Municipal banner of arms of Lyon, was granted to Lyon.

Official blazon:

“De gueules au lion d’argent; au chef cousu d’azur à trois fleurs de lis d’or.” translates to “Gules to the lion Argent; with a head stitched with azure three fleurs-de-lis of gold.”


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