A large part of the Capitals of the World have heraldic arms, I will here take a look at them. Pictures is from Wikipedia if not otherwise stated.
Tirana, Capital of Albania.
Algiers, Capital of Algeria arms adopted after independence. The ship symbolizes seafaring, the lions strenght. The crescent and star symbolizes the Muslim faith of the majority of the inhabitants. Below the lions symbols for industry, agriculture and science.
Arms of Algiers during the French times. A cross symbolizing the Christian portion of the population. Picture from International Civic Herladry http://www.ngw.nl/
Arms of Luanda the Capital of Angola during the Portuguese times. The full name was São Paulo da Assunção de Luanda and thus the arms shows Saints Mary and Paul. These arms ar probably not in use anymore. Picture from ICA.
Andorra la Vella, capital of Andorra.
Buenos Aires, Capital of Argentina.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/16/Yerevan_coa.gif
Yerevan, Capital of Armenia.
From http://www.heraldicum.ru/ the arms of Yerevan during the Russian Empire:
Arms granted 21 May 1843.
Project of 1857.
Canberra, Capital of Australia. Granted by the College of Arms 1 November 1928 with the Motto For the King, the Law and the People. The Castle symbolizes the City, the Crown symbolizes the Monarch and the Sword National authority and the Mace the Lawmaking power situated in the Capital. The Rose stands for the role of the Duke of York in establishing Canberra as the Capital of Australia. The Crowned Portcullis is a symbol of the Parliament of Westminister and its Australian counterpart in Canberra. The three symbolizes the local flora. The Swans symbolizes the Arboriginal and European populations. Picture from ICA.
The Capital of Austria Vienna has used different version of its arms:
The present large arms, usually only the red shield with the cross is used.
Arms used 1938-45.
Arms 1461-1925. In 1925 the Eagle lost one of its heads as the twoheaded Eagle was seen as to Imperial. However the Eagle was again made twoheaded in 1934 as the large arms, the lesser arms was only the red shield with the silver cross. In 1938 the lesser arms was abolished and only the above shown arms was considered the arms of the City.
The Coat of Arms of Madrid:
The same arms:
The first coat of arms of Madrid was seven stars in the form of the “bear constellation”. These stars are now in the bordure. The tree is a “madroño” (arbutus unedo), fruited gules (red).
Thanks Jose Carrion Rangel for those pictures and information on the arms of Madrid.
Here are the historical arms of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Pictures from heraldicum.ru
Arms approved 21 May 1843.
The above arms was replaced on 16 March 1883 with these. The flames detones the Oil Industry of Baku, once a great interest of the Swedish Industrial Family of Nobel.
The great arms of Brussels, capital of Belgium and the European Union.
Arms of La Paz, capital of Bolivia.
"Arms" of Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia.
Arms of Serbian (now Istočno) Sarajevo, capital of Republika Srpska the Serbian part of Bosnia. The Silver dubbleheaded Eagle is from teh arms of Serbia. The Castles is from the arms of the Pavlovic Family, who ruled Eastern Bosnia in medeival times. The suporters is the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.
Emblem of the Federal District of Brasilia, capital of Brasil.
Arms of Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.
Arms of Hamilton, Capital of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. The Ermine Quintefoils are from the various Hamilton arms. The other figures denotes the Harbour and Seafaring.
Arms of Santiago de Chile, granted by emperor Charles V (king Carlos I of Spain) 1552. The seashells is a symbol of St. James (in Spanish Santiago) and are canting. I don’t know the meaning of the Lion. Picture from ICA.
Arms of (Santa Fé de) Bogota, Capital of Colombia. Also these originates from Spanish times. The pomegranates probably denotes the Viceroyalty of Nueva Granada whose Capital was Bogota.
The Coat of arms of San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)
The two mountains make reference to the volcanoes on which base the city lays. The tower simbolize the Spanish setlement over the ruins of the ancient Inca (caranqui) city The flag and the eagles the victory of the Spanish Empire. The bordure azure (symbol of loyalty) is charged with a cord of the O.F.M. Reference to the name of the City (San Francisco)
Santiago de Leon de Caracas (Venezuela)
Bolivar ancestors promote the petition to king Philip II who granted the arms.
The Bordure is charged with the phrase "Ave Maria Santisima Sin Pecado Concebida En El Primer Instante De Su Ser Natural"
Ciudad de Panama (Originaly Santa María la Antigua del Darién )
Santa MAria de los Buenos Aires o Santa Maria del Buen Aire (Argentina)
San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo (Uruguay)
Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción (Paraguay)
San Jose de Costa Rica
San Cristobal de la Habana (Cuba)
San Miguel de Tegucigalpa (Honduras)
Thanks fore those AVD. Continuing the theme :
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). The arms of the Domincan Order is to represent the name.
A variation of the arms of Santo Domingo.
Pictures from ICA.
San Salvador (El Salvador). Picture from Wikimedia.