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Picture Postcard from… Grote Markt, Antwerp, Belgium


Grote Markt, Antwerp

Richard Field from A Bit of Culture shares his favourite photo
of his favourite Belgian city, Antwerp.

“It was taken in the city’s main square, Grote Markt.” explained Richard. “You can see the gold-topped guild houses in the background with the fountain of Brabo in the centre. According to local legend, a giant used to demand payment from anyone crossing the River Scheldt in Antwerp, and cut a hand off those who refused to pay. Brabo had had enough of this, so cut the bullying giant’s hand off himself and threw it away. The name Antwerp comes from the Dutch words ‘hand throw’. Look closely at the statue and you’ll see Brabo is throwing the giant’s hand away, with fountains of water (rather than blood) spurting from it.”

You can read Richard’s fascinating article on Antwerp in full here. You can also follow A Bit of Culture on Twitter @Rfield75 or like on Facebook.