Brabo fountain, Antwerp. A preview of today’s pictures.
More than 2,000 years ago, when Antwerp was just a small settlement in the Roman empire, Druoon Antigoon – a giant from Russian descent – built a large castle along the river Scheldt. He exacted a toll from every passing ship sailing down the river. The giant cut off the hands of sailors who were unable or unwilling to hand over half of their cargo, and threw their hands in the river.
One day, the Roman soldier Brabo sailed along the giant’s castle. He refused to pay the toll and challenged Antigoon to a duel. Brabo managed to defeat the giant, cut off his head and hand and threw it in the river.