Based on the coat of arms of King James of Aragon, founder of the city, the city’s symbol first took its present form in the late fourteenth century. King Pedro the Ceremonious of Aragon benevolently granted Valencia the right to use his royal arms and crown, as a tribute for the city’s support in his war against Pedro the Cruel of Castilla — a battle known as the War of the Two Pedros (really!)
Who would support Pedro the Cruel? Well chosen, Valencia!
The two crowned L’s, the most mysterious part of the shield, symbolize the loyalty (lealtad) shown by Valencia to Pedro the Ceremonious. A bat, Valencia’s well-known mascot, flies above the colors and royal crown.
The coat of arms can be seen everywhere in the city, from the Mercado Central, to the Post Office, to the manhole coverings on the street. It’s even been engraved into the city’s cathedral. Here are a few of our favorite sightings from around the city: