There was, of course, a whole lot of heraldry to be seen in Maastricht as well as the other cities we visited: a day trip to Aachen during the Congress and a few days in Heidelberg following it.
For those of you who don't know where it is, Maastricht is tucked way down in the southwestern part of The Netherlands, in a little "peninsula" of land tucked in between Belgium and Germany. The city's coat of arms is a wonderfully simple one: Gules a mullet argent, with a single white angel as a supporter.
The following pictures of the arms (in various forms) were at the Stadhuis, the city's old town hall, built in the 17th Century, both outside and inside.
An overview of the exterior, with flags of the arms flying from the tower and on the right.
The city's arms on the pediment over the main entrance.
And on the main gate leading to the main entrance.
The angel supporter bearing the star on a weathervane atop the tower.
The city's arms on the main entrance doors.
In a stained glass window.
(We'll do more heraldry from the Basilica of St. Servaas later.)
And this lovely piece is painted on the ceiling in the main hall of the Stadhuis.
Next time, we'll look at other uses of the Maastricht's arms here and there about the city.