The Heraldic College (Collegio
Araldico) was founded originally as the Heraldic Institute (Istituto
Araldico) in 1853. It was certified in 1858 by "Sacred Studies
Congregation of the Roman Church". According
to the Founding Charter of the Intitute, it work is dedicated to
the memory of St. Louis IX, King of France and of Saint Henry, Holy
Roman Emperor, patron of the childless, of Dukes, and of the handicapped.
The Heraldic College combines the work
of heraldic and genealogical experts in order to achieve two missions:
scientific and social.
Collegio Araldico tasks are:
- Promoting heraldic and genealogical studies
and similar sciences within a historical framework;
- Facilitating intellectual, scientific and cultural exchanges between
- Encouraging studies and research, providing assistance to experts
and publishing their work;
- Keeping alive traditions and memories of heraldry and the hearaldic
origin of families in order to retain a sense of the past and preserve
their achievements and history.