Friday, 31 August 2012

São Paulo's Coat of Arms explained

São Paulo's Coat of Arrns

Most readers are probably familiar with São Paulo's Coat of Arms but why does it take this form and what does each part represent? Here is a quick explanation.

Starting at the top we have a crown of eight towers, five of them visible. This is the symbolic representation of a state capital, São Paulo being the capital city of the state of São Paulo.

In the centre we have a warrior's right arm, flag in hand. The flag carries a depiction of the old Christian cross as worn by Portuguese sailors.

The green sprigs of leaves on either side are from the coffee plant, highlighting São Paulo's debt to the coffee industry.

And then of course you have the famous latin motto: Non Ducor Duco which translates as I am not led, I lead.

So there you have it in a nutshell; status, faith, coffee and leadership.

1 comment:

Yuri and Jela said...

What a short and clear explanation! Thank you!

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