23 juni 2015

Brabo Fountain

Silvius Brabo, here as a statue on top of the Brabo Fountain at the Grote Markt in Antwerp, is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant called Druon Antigoon. This giant terrorised the people of the city by asking money from them when they passed the bridge of the river Scheldt. When they didn´t want to or couldn´t pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river.
Brabo then cut off the hand of the giant, and the statue shows how he threw it into the river.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp, meaning Hand Werpen in Dutch or Hand Throwing in English.

11 opmerkingen:

  1. I was fascinated by this story when I visited Antwerp. I sat watching the children's video in the castle but didn't get to see the end because it was closing time.

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  2. This is a dangerous fountain! I will keep away if I'm ever in Antwerp. ;)

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  3. Ah, so that's the meaning of the sculpture!

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  4. Nou die laat niets aan de verbeelding over.

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  5. Heel goed verbeeld en wat een tijd was dat.

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  6. Wat een mooi foto en verhaal, heb je nog lekkere chocolade handjes gekocht.

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  7. Thanks for the info, I didn't know anything about this story!

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  8. Interesting story and a beautiful fountain !
    Greetings

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