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Brabo Fontein, Antwerp

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Open Hours: Mo to Su from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Every time you visit Antwerp you should stop at the Grote Markt and greet the statue of Brabo. This little hero was a sailor who was navigating his ship down the river Scheldt. He had planned to sail past Antwerp with his cargo but there was an evil giant stopping every ship and demanding money to let them continue their journey. Brabo fought the giant, cut off the giant's hand and threw it in the water. This story explains where the name of the city of Antwerp comes from. 'Hand werpen' in Flemish means 'throwing a hand'. Brabo was a courageous little devil.