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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Silvius Brabo is a mythical Roman soldier who is said to have killed a giant, and by this would have created the name Brabant.

Later this story was also used to explain the name Antwerp (meaning hand throwing). Brabo once killed a giant, called Druon Antigoon, who asked money from people who wanted to pass by the river Scheldt. When they didn't want to pay, he cut off their hand and threw it in the river. Because of this Brabo also removed the hand of the giant, and threw it away.

This mythical story is still shown by the statue in front of the Antwerp City Hall, in the Brabo fountain statue made by Belgian sculptor Jef Lambeaux.





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