A lot of people believe that the feminine figure found on the city’s coat of arms is the Queen Santa Isabel. Well, these people are mistaken! It’s Cindazunda, another feminine representative of great importance in the history of Coimbra.

If one looks at the coat of arms of Coimbra, one sees a feminine silhouette. Those who rush into giving an answer say it’s the figure of Queen Santa Isabel, patron of the city, well-known for the famous miracle of roses and other doings that people from the city remember affectionately. Well, if one day you were to participate in a TV show, you would know the answer: the feminine image is not that of the Queen’s, but that of another woman by the name of Cindazunda. Forgotten perhaps because of her name, that is hard to pronounce…

Who was Cindazunda?

Legend has it that many, many years ago, in an era where the barbarians were walking the earth of the Iberian Peninsula, Ataces, the King of Alanos conquered the city that we know today as Coimbra. There was, however, another king that desired the same city and sought revenge for his loss in battles. He was Hermenerico, the suevo king, that took the alanos by surprise and attacked them with his army. The story goes that the battle had been so bloody that the waters of Mondego river turned red. Much the same as the image that we have of some scenes from the television series, the Games of Thrones…

 

(Imagem: Reprodução confran)

Imagem: Reprodução confran 

Despite the attack, the alanos gained advantage in the battlefield, and the suevo king was forced to ask for peace. Furthermore, he offered king Ataces the hand of his daughter, the princess Cindazunda, in holy matrimony. The legend ends with a happy, and rather common ending as most legneds do: the princess was so beautiful that Ataces fell madly in love with her. To commemorate his marriage, Ataces offered the city the coats of arms that we know today. And so, the coat of arms represents the following: the crowned maiden is Cindazunda; the cup symbolises her marriage to Ataces; the lion is the symbol that represents Ataces, the alamo king; and the dragon is the symbol of Hermenerico, the suevo king.

(Imagem: Reprodução Pinterest)

Imagem: Reprodução Pinterest

You can find out more about this, and other similar stories, on one of our walks in Coimbra. You may read more here; and if you prefer something fun for your family and friends, we also offer you our exciting peddy paper as an option to discover the city.