P1250621Brabo fountain, Jef Lambeaux, 1887, Grote Markt, Antwerp, Belgium

According to a legend, a terrible giant, called Druoon Antigoon, lived on the banks of the river Scheldt in ancient times. Whenever sailors on the Scheldt river refused to pay toll to the giant, he punished them by cutting off their hand. A Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo, managed to kill the giant. Brabo cut off the hand of the giant and threw the hand away in the river. Nevertheless, the hand is the symbol of Antwerp.