Stadhuis and Brabo Fountain in Antwerp, Belgium - Encircle Photos

5 Stadhuis and Brabo Fountain in Antwerp, Belgium

The centerpiece of Grote Markt square is Stadhuis, a mid-16th century, Renaissance city hall decorated with colorful flags. Below the Virgin Mary statue is the Hapsburg coat of arms. This Spanish dynasty ruled central Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries. More interesting is the 1887 statue of Silvius Brabo. He liberated sailors from paying tolls after defeating a giant named Druon Antigoon. The hero is about to throw his enemy’s severed hand into the Schelde River. The Flemish word for this is handwerpen. According to legend, this is how Antwerp got its name.


Grote Markt 1, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium


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