Thursday, March 17, 2011

Big market square

This is the big market square in Antwerpen, with all its guild houses and the statue of Brabo.

This little hero was a sailor who was navigating his ship down the river Scheldt. He had planned to sail his ship past Antwerp with his cargo but there was an evil giant stopping every ship and demanding money to let them continue their journey. Brabo caught the giant, cut off the giant's hand and threw it in the water. This story explains where the name Antwerp comes from. "Hand werpen" in Flemish means "throwing a hand". Behind the statue of Brabo you can see the city hall. Closer look at the golden statues on the roof tops of the guild houses.
The other side of the square with more guild houses.

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