Another building that is on the “must see” list for visitors to Florence is the Palazzo Vecchio, the “Old Palace.” Originally called the Palazzo della Signoria, after the Signoria, the ruling body of the Republic, it has also been known by several other names over the years: Palazzo del Popolo, Palazzo dei Priori, and Palazzo Ducale, depending on its function at the time.
Naturally enough, while all of the other tourists were looking at the replica of Michelangelo’s David out front of the main entrance, I was photographing the heraldry and coats of arms with which it is decorated.
This impressive display sits over the main entrance from the Piazza della Signoria out front of the Palazzo. In addition to the blue background covered with gold fleurs-de-lis (more likely in respect of the Duke of Anjou and not the King of France), there is also, front and center, the arms of the Populace of Florence (Argent a cross gules) flanked on each side by the arms of the City of Florence (Argent a fleur-de-lys florency gules).
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