City Hall and Brabo, Antwerp – Belgium. - Stock Image

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The city Hall of Antwerp. This renaissance building on the “Grote markt” (= Grand Place or Grand market square) was erected between 1561 and 1565 to the design of Cornelis Floris de Vriendt and incorporates both Flemish and Italian influences.In front of the City Hall: the statue of Brabo. According to folklore, and as celebrated by the statue of Brabo, Antwerp got its name from a legend. A mythical giant called Antigoon, exacted a toll from those approaching the city, and for those who refused, he severed one of their hands and threw it into the river Scheldt. Eventually, the giant was slain by a young hero named Brabo, who cut off the giant's own hand and flung it into the river. Hence the name Antwerpen, from Dutch hand werpen—akin to Old English hand and wearpan (= to throw), that has changed to today's warp.
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