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Brabo in ANTWERP 1 / ANTWERP
(Grote Markt)

Brabo ANTWERP 1 / ANTWERP picture
Aut. Jef Lambeaux.
Picture by Johan Mares (@Belgiumview)



In the middle of the Large Market Antwerp, Brabo, the statue of a man throwing a large hand, is standing.

This statue dates from 1887 and was made by Jef Lambeaux. Note that the water is not falling into a bassin, no, the water simply hits the ground.

This statue shows the legend related to the name 'Antwerp'. This is the story. There was a terrible giant (Druoon Antigoon) living next the the river Scheldt. Al ships had to pay high taxes to be allowed to pass with their ship. If they didn't, he hook off their hand. But, he didn't count on the brave Roman soldier Silvius Brabo, who killed the giant. After that, he hook off the hand of the giant, and threw this into the river Scheldt. Hence the name 'Antwerpen' or 'Hand Throwing'.

Of course, this legend is not correct. Other possibilities are :





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