Shield of L' Hôpital

«Quartely at II of gold to the bend of gules charged with three alerions of silver, at II of gules to the church of gold, at IV of azure powdered with crosslet couped of silver crossed by the lion crowned of gold. »


origins :At I and IV, the coat of arms of the ancient lords dukes of Lorraine and Counts fo Nassau. At II the church built on the Hospital’s site who gave his name to the town. At last the extraction tower remind the mining activity.

After the emission of a bull of Pope Alexander III in 1179, a place for leprosy people was created. Le place was called “Merla in Warendo” in Celtic language, “Merla in Varendo” in latin. There was a gallo-roman settlement with a roman road.


Source: Lucien Grill, historian.