Thursday, November 1, 2012

Heraldry in Maastricht, Part Three

In this post, we get to look at some more heraldry from the Stadhuis (the State House) in Maastricht, this time in some of the windows of the building.  (There are more, and don't worry, I'm going to share. The armorial stained glass in the Stadhuis is really beautiful!)

The two windows in today's post are thematically linked in that they both contain some regional coats of arms as well as depictions of some of the buildings in Maastricht scenes of the city.  (Clicking on the pictures should take you to a larger version of each one.)


This window contains (across the top, from left to right) the arms of the Duchy of Brabant, Napoleonic France, The Netherlands, and the Dutch Province of Limburg.  Below these are depictions of two of the churches in the city, and beneath those are a depiction of the Stadhuis and a view of Maastricht in 1850.


The second window contains (across the top, from left to right) the arms of the City of Maastricht, the Basilica of St. Servatius (in Dutch, St. Servaas.  Born about 310 and dying in 384, he was the first bishop of Maastricht.), Germany, and the Province of Liège (which itself is a combination of the arms of the Cityh of Liège, the Duchy of Bouillon, and the Counties of Franchmont, Loon, and Horne).

Below the arms are depictions of a building (the Dinghuis) and a church (Janskerk), beneath which are a view of the city and bridge over the River Maas and another church (I can't quite make out the name).

But what a beautiful pair of windows, proudly displaying coats of arms important to the region as well as civic pride in the churches, buildings, and views of the city!

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