Friday, July 25, 2014

Antwerpen Market Place and Brabo Statue in Belgium


Brote Markt en Brabo
grand’PLace et Brabo
Marktplatz und Brabo
Market Place and Brabo

This postcard is postmarked in 2014 from Belgium.

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Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

This story was used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass the bridge over the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to or couldn't pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it into the river.

As seen in this postcard, the legend is shown on the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall.
Belgium stamp 2013
Butterfly, Red Admiral 
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