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Antwerp, Belgium

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Antwerp, Belgium City Info

Right up and into the 17th Century Antwerp was often spelt as 'Hantwerpen'. Hardly surprising really, because according to an old legend this was the way it should be. Legend has it that at the beginning of time the bend in the River Scheldt was in hands of the giant Antigoon, who demanded a heavy toll from each passing shipmaster. Those who refused to pay had a hand chopped off. A Roman soldier, Silvius Brabo, brought an end to this awful practice, by slaying the giant, chopping off his hand and throwing it into the river. Hence 'Hantwerpen' or 'hand throwing'. The H disappeared over time, but 'Antwerpen' stuck.

How old is Antwerp? Excavations have shown that people were already living in the bend of the River Scheldt as long ago as the Gallo-Roman period (2nd and 3rd centuries A.D.). The site must have been inhabited again around 650 during the Christianisation of the region. In 836 the Vikings destroyed this residential nucleus. Later people migrated towards the 'aanwerp', the alluvial mound at the height of the later Steen castle from which the city probably derives its name. Today's Antwerp developed from that original nucleus.

There's little cause for joy in the history of Antwerp between 1650 and the nineteenth century. The Scheldt remained closed to traffic and the metropolis became a provincial town. Under Austrian rule (1715 - 1792) Joseph II tried to free the river by military force, but the plan backfired. In 1795, the French occupants succeeded in opening the river again, but this time the ships encountered an English blockade. This was hardly surprising since Napoleon thought of the Port of Antwerp as 'a pistol aimed at the heart of England'. Whilst it is true that Antwerp owes the beginnings of today's port to that French period (1792 - 1815), at the same time the city's cultural heritage fell prey to art plundering and destruction on a scale rarely seen before. There were even plans to pull down the Cathedral.

After the fall of Napoleon at Waterloo (1815), a short-lived reunification with the Northern Netherlands and an equally short period of prosperity followed, which ended with the Belgian Revolution (1830) and once again the closure of the River Scheldt. It was reopened, this time definitively, in 1863. Then Antwerp's third great hey-day could begin.

Apart from interruptions during the two world wars, Antwerp experienced steady economic growth in the 20th Century. This gave rise to a new cultural high point and international prestige in 1993, the year Antwerp was nominated Cultural Capital of Europe: European recognition for a wealth of historical and contemporary aspects in which you too can share.

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