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Norges-la-Ville (Municipality, Côte-d'Or, France)

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Flag of Norges-la-Ville - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 8 June 2021

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Presentation of Norges-la-Ville

The municipality of Norges-la-Ville (948 inhabitants in 2019; 1,100 ha) is located 10 km north of Dijon.

Norges-la-Ville developed on the rocky crest located above the source of river Norges river, protecting the houses from flooding, from the 6th century, as evidenced by a Merovingian sarcophagus found against the wall of the church. From the 8th century to the 11th century, various donations prove the existence of two villages (Norges-le-Bas and Norges-le-Haut) as well as a hamlet, disappeared long ago, which was located between Norges-le-Bas and Bellefond. An Antonine commandery protected by the Dukes of Burgundy was established in the 13th century along the old Roman, to be abandoned around 1730. Norges-le-Haut became the main hamlet and the seat of the post office. Urbanization progressively united the two villages forming Norges.

Olivier Touzeau, 8 June 2021

Flag of Norges-la-Ville

The flag of Norges-la-Ville, as observed in 2010 and 2011 (photo, photo, photo), is white with the municipal coat of arms, "Azure a chevron argent cantoned in chief by two roses or in base by a tau cross of the same".

Proposed by the Departmental Commission of Heraldr, the arms were approved on 2 March 1988 by the Municipal Council.
The chevron argent is borrowed from the arms of Brother Antoine de la Brosse, master and governor of the St. Anthony Commandery in Norges in 1408, at the time when the propserous Maison-Dieu du Pont de Norges was favored by the Dukes of Burgundy. The tau cross is the eblem of the Order of St. Anthony, which ws entrusted the Norges hospital in 1237 by Robert II, bishop of Langres.
The roses recall the institution in 1450 of a rosière, a young maid awarded for her virtuous reputation, by Pierre de Bauffremont, lord of Saint-Julien. On Ascension Day, the lord or his vassal, the commander of Norges, chose the most beautiful girl in the country, offered her a ribbon or a bouquet. A ball was offerred where the beauty was to make all the country's youth dance. The event was abolished in 1774 by Commander Claude Michon, who demmed it "useless to give a ribbon, not to the wisest, to the most virtuous, but to the most beautiful girl ...." In fact, the celebration often caused trouble, so that the commander had to house and feed for two days the officers and four sergeants xommissioned by the lord of Saint-Julien to ensure security. Accordingly, the commander, facing the decline of the institution, suppressed the tradition.
[Municipal website]

Olivier Touzeau, 8 June 2021