Saint Sylvain Church
formed from the former parishes of Lamonzie Saint-Martin and
Monteil, is located on the main Bordeaux - Bergerac highway.
Lamonzie owes its foundation and name to a monastery, "La
Mongia" built by Bozon II, Count de la Marche.
During the last century, the vestiges of a Gallo-Roman villa
came to light: thermal baths, aqueduct, as well as part of a
In addition to having an interesting historic past, Lamonzie
Saint-Martin is a very lively commune with
2443* inhabitants and a business park with increasing activity.
SAINT MARTIN Coat of Arms
Choice of the SHIELD, the PARTITION, and the FURNITURE and
1- A modern shield for a modern, developing commune.
2- A tiercé in pale because of the city’s distinctive
characteristic, being made up of three former parishes that
have three churches, three castles...
3- Three stars symbolise the three communities, each one
keeping its character (parochialism) and earned gold: each
former parish has succeeded in living in harmony in only one
commune for more than 200 years.
4- The coat of arms of an abbess holding the bell tower of
Saint Sylvan church in its heart, recalls the memory of the
monastery created on its lands, before the year 1000, by Boson
le Vieux, Count of Périgord.
5-Three silver towers represent the three castles of Lamonzie
Saint Martin, one of which has disappeared.
(Showing three entire castles would weigh down and overload
6- The Surrounding Wall. We have insisted on keeping a very
old tradition, disparaged by some because of its
generalisation (a habit that marks municipal coats of arms).
For the Surrounding Wall we set out only the number of towers
visible. Because of our particularity, we have chosen three
towers. If the first Surrounding Wall was given to a squire in
reward for a brave action, we wish, by these means, to show
that Lamonzie-St. Martin, the discreet, the peaceful, is ready
to defend itself if necessary.
7- Two golden uprooted trees support the coat of arms:
numerous fruit orchards have thrived in our area for a very,
very long time, apple trees in particular. The apple tree
belongs to the cycle of Venus, remarkable for the general
purpose held for the use of plants, to love, make itself loved.
The apple, the best fruit. Isn’t it said that it helps one
avoid the doctor? Is that the reason that Adam and Eve mustn’t
eat it? (There are no sick people in paradise.) The mission of
the red apples is to invite us to perpetuate the tradition by
inspiring a new start if necessary.
8- Spirit: “The device that explains the attributes it
accompanies is called spirit.”
THREE CHURCH TOWERS, ONE VOICE: is therefore a spirit.
Explanation of the Colours
- Gold, metal, stable, evokes perfection, faith that “moves
- Silver, metal given to young squires who attain the rank of
knights. This metal also signifies prudence and purity that
the soul regains.
- Azure, colour of the firmament and of water. Our river, the
Dordogne, flows alongside the north of the commune. Azure
symbolises royal virtue; justice; the colour of the kings’
coat, of France “the Church’s Oldest Daughter”.
- Red, war enamel that suits noble knights so well that they
filled their coats of arms with victory in heroic combats. Red
symbolises force. Blood is the medium of regeneration and of
life in general.
According to F.CADET DE GASSICOURT and BARON DU ROURE DE
PAULIN (Hermetism in Heraldic Art), in hermetism, we find the
compound key that interests us (the 3 being a numeral, a
particularity of the commune). The meaning given for the
numerals that interest us:
3 or 2 + 1 : the ternary…GENERATION
(represents the world in action)
6 or 3 + 3 : the double ternary…PROGRESS
(represents the world in formation)
9 or 3 x 3 : the triple ternary…KNOWLEDGE
(represents the world in creation)
Document made out in 1998 by Mrs. Marie-Thérèse VERDIER of
LAMONZIE SAINT MARTIN
(official population on January 1, 2017)
Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).