Brabo – fountain on the Grote Markt in Antwerp

Brabo

Jef Lambeaux

Antwerp, Grote Markt

1887

 

Druoon Antigoon

There is a statue in the middle of the Grote Markt. It is Brabo, a legendary Roman responsible for the name Antwerp and Brabant.

Long, long ago there was once a giant in Antwerp: Druoon Antigoon. All ships on the Scheldt had to pay a toll to him. If the skippers refused, the giant cut off their hand. But then Brabo came and he freed Antwerp by cutting off the giant’s hand (and head). He threw it in the Scheldt. From this comes the name Antwerp: throwing a hand -> hand throwing -> Antwerpen. The old province in which Antwerp was located was Brabant, named after Brabo?

As far as I know, there are three Brabo sculptures in Antwerp:

  • on top of the building ‘Loodswezen’
  • above the well on the Handschoenmarkt
  • Grote Markt

Jef Lambeaux

The statue on the Grote Markt was made by Jef Lambeaux in 1887. Three naked women hold symbols of Antwerp: a boat and a fort (the Steen). At the very top is Brabo with the giant’s head at his feet. The giant without head and hand is lying on the rocks below.

Lambeaux has lived in a house on the Grote Markt. He made various other sculptures on the Grote Markt and nearby. But that is for another blog post ;o)

 

Brabo

 

Jef Lambeaux

Antwerp, Grote Markt

1887