Amsterdam Emblem

The three St. Andrew’s crosses in the coat (or emblem) of Amsterdam represent the city’s motto: Heldhaftig (Heroic), Vastberaden (Resolute), Barmhartig (Merciful).

Some people more or less jokingly have update the motto to: Defiant, Stubborn, and Extremely Tolerant.

This version of the emblem of Amsterdam is a detail of a stained glass window at the English Church located in Amsterdam’s Begijnhof.

Amsterdam City Emblem

Amsterdam, Netherlands

“The heraldic origins of the coat of arms of Amsterdam are unknown. The black banner in the centre could represent the water on which the city is located.

The three St. Andrew’s crosses may stem from the Persijn crusader family from Waterland, which owned a considerable amount of land in and around Amsterdam.