Antwerp, Belgium

Antwerp, Belgium is one of the busiest sea ports in Europe. It is also called the city of diamonds. Before I show more of Antwerp here is the story of the origin of its name.

The legend revolving around the story of the city’s name has a giant as its main character. This giant, Antigoon, resided near the river Scheldt flowing by the city. Anybody who crossed the river would have to pay him a toll, failure to do so would mean loosing one of their hands. A ship crossing the river would have to pay a high toll. Refusal would lead to entire crew loosing their arm. The giant would severe one of their hands and throw it in to the river Scheldt.

Soon the role got reversed. A young brave man by the name Brabo cut off the giant’s hand and flung it into the river, ending his tyranny for ever. The name Antwerpen, derived from Dutch: hand werpen, as in Old English hand and wearpan meaning to throw. This story is depicted in a single scene in the form a fountain, at the heart of the city in the Grote market.

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22 Responses

  1. Joop Zand says:

    Nice shots Indrani

  2. Sylvia K says:

    Fascinating history and certainly a different statue! Marvelous captures of a lovely city! Hope you have a great week, Indrani!


  3. magiceye says:

    fascinating legend indeed! thanks for sharing along with lovely pic!

  4. Rajesh says:

    Interesting history of the city.

  5. Joyful says:

    An interesting story. I love the two photos you've posted; one of the interesting architecture and the other of the story you told.

  6. Leovi says:

    Nice pictures of this wonderful city, good frames.

  7. Lovely pictures that you have shown us, Indrani.

  8. Never knew this legend.Quite interesting and the picture speaks eloquently

  9. Gary says:

    Great post!! Love the story. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  10. Viola says:

    Beautiful photos from your travel! 🙂 An adorable statue! 🙂

  11. That's a gruesome yet fascinating story! 🙂

  12. Carver says:

    Very interesting history and wonderful shots of the beautiful city.

  13. Genie says:

    What a great historical story. I adore Belgium and it people and its chocolate. I spent a heavenly week in Ypres that I will never forget. I still want to go back and take my husband. Your picture is lovely. genie

  14. iteresting story. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Emille says:

    Antwerp is a beautiful city! Have been there, many times in my childhood, since it was only 1 1/2 hrs. away from where I lived. I don't know where you got your info about the harbor/port, but I doubt if it's the busiest in Europe!

  16. Thank you for teaching us!

    There was a similar troublesome giant here on Oahu. One time he met his match, and was sliced from his head into two. Today mount Olomana with it's 2 peaks, is all that ids left of the giant Olomana.

    Glad the giants are no more, Indrani-

    Friendly Aloha from Waikiki
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  17. lovely picture and story…you have so many pictures and always a new story to tell!! cheers.

  18. ladyfi says:

    What a great story!

  19. Pietro says:

    Beautiful pictures and interesting text!

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