Continuing our heraldic tour of the Basilica of St. Servatius in Maastricht, we come to the heart of the basilica, as it were. While cathedrals always have a cathedra, the chair of the bishop, basilicas have an ombrellino, an ecclesiastical umbrella. And this is the one which marks this basilica as such.
And here is a detail, showing the heraldry emblazoned upon it.
The coat of arms on the red panel to the right are, of course, the arms of the Basilica itself, supported by a double-headed eagle. The coat of arms on the red panel to the left are the well-known arms of Pope John Paul II, a blue shield with an offset gold cross, and a gold letter M which he adopted for his devotion to the Virgin Mary. The arms have the crossed keys of St. Peter behind the shield, with the papal tiara above it.
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