Great Escapes

European Travel Blog

Picture Postcard from… Grote Markt, Antwerp, Belgium

3 Comments

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.

Author: Guest blogger

If you would like to contribute to the Great Escapes blog with photographs, recipes or articles from France or Belgium please email kathryn@greatescapes.co.uk We'd really love to hear from you and we'll share the best on the blog.

3 thoughts on “Picture Postcard from… Grote Markt, Antwerp, Belgium

  1. Love it. Belgian guild houses are so beautiful and intricate.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s