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"Brabo and Antwerpen legend" Top 5 Page for this destination Antwerp Favorite Tip by Norali

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  Brabo with his trophy...
by Norali

Favorite thing: In the middle of the 'Grote Markt' stands the Brabo fountain. This area is obviously one not to be missed!

Sculptor Jef Lambeaux made it in 1887. A legend behind it and the name of the city "(H)Antwerpen":

A terrible giant, called Druoon Antigoon, lived on the banks of Scheldt river in old times. He "is reported" to cut hands of sailors on the Scheldt river which refused to pay toll to him. It didn't work on Silvius Brabo though. This Roman soldier managed to kill Antigoon. He cut off the hand of the giant , threw the hand away in the river. Untrue, of course!!

Thus, according to this legend, the name of the city : hand ( Engl.: hand) -werpen (Engl.: to throw).

The real meaning of Antwerpen derived from its "functionality": Antwerpen is a place where one used to download goods and commodities (werpen meaning the action of downloading, throwing). Personnally, I see more the connection with German "Anwerfen" ... More evident, he?

Fondest memory: This one is my favourite statue of Brabo: tiny and towering on a nice metal artwork... You will find it near the cathedral

Btw, "Antwerpen" reminds me of a channel in Madagascar: Ampanalana channel or Lakandranon' Ampanalana. "Ampanalana" means "place(s) where to download, get rid of goods (commodities)". In fact, there were many of those entries since the channel is of 700-km length. But the whole channel was named after its functionality.

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2004
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