A coat of arms is a unique heraldic design, usually accompanied by a motto, which is distinctive for the bearer. The latter can be
a family, a person, a group of people, a state or a military unit. Heraldry is the historical discipline that deals with the study of the coats of arms and it can reveal a lot of unknown historical details about the bearers and the local societies.
Here depicted are some of the coats of arms (with their mottoes where those are preserved) found in Chania old town.