Odense coat of arms
The coat of arms of the Danish city of Odense prominently features Saint Canute, who was tragically murdered in Odense. Canute stands adorned with a crown and a radiant halo, firmly grasping a sceptre and a sword. Canute is often portrayed with one foot placed triumphantly upon a pagan king, symbolizing his decisive triumph over paganism.
The coat of arms also incorporates a fleur-de-lis, the significance of which remains enigmatic. Some have speculated that the fleur-de-lis may symbolize the city’s association with the French royal house or perhaps a connection to the Virgin Mary.
The coat of arms of Odense first originated in the 15th century and remained largely unchanged ever since. It is a symbol of the city’s long history and its rich cultural heritage.