Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Market Square of Antwerp

The Market Square in Antwerp is surrounded by Guild houses and the Town hall. Most of the guild houses are rebuild after they burned down in the 16th century. On the first photo you can see the town hall, a renaissance building constructed between 1561-1565.
The statue (last photo) is made by Jef Lambeaux. It was inspired by a legend of a giant who used to live on the banks of the river Scheldt. Whenever sailors on the Scheldt refused to pay toll, he punished them by cutting off their hand. A Roman soldier called Silvius Brabo, killed the giant, cut off his hand and threw it in the river.

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