Skip to main content

Lange Wapper, a legendary giant of Antwerp

The figure of Lange Wapper or in English Long Flag is often represented as a tall and thin male person with a very accentuated beardless chin. there is a statue of Lange Wapper in front of Het Steen castle in Antwerp. The poltergeist comes out at night and haunts the drunk people on their way home. First as a little guy in their shadow, but he can make his shadow bigger until it protrudes above the houses. If the scared drunkard is fleeing his home, Lange Wapper can look through the window of the drunkard's house for hours.

Sometimes Lange Wapper can disguise himself as a small child to drink the breast milk of a young mother. And if a parent wants to take the child to another room to care for and to put it in a crib, Lange Wapper can let himself grow so large that he does not fit in that room. In the city of Antwerp, there are different legends known about Lange Wapper In Hoboken he would have grabbed the mast of a ship and had the thing thrown into the air to the other side of the river.

Near the Groenplaats there once lived a young lady who had four suitors. One night she let them all come to visit her one after the another. But instead, they came to Lange Wapper, who had assumed the form of the young lady. The first suitor had to prove that he loved her and had to sit on a big cross in the cemetery for two hours. The second suitor had to lie down for two hours in a coffin under the cross. The third one had to knock on the coffin and wait for them to pick him up. The fourth had to walk with a long metal necklace around the cross. When he did that he found the other three suitors dead. The first suitor was in shock and fell dead from the cross when the second got into the coffin. The second died of fear when the third knocked on the chest and the third died when he heard the sound of the chain and thought that the devil was coming to get him. The fourth suitor went crazy, jumped into the river Scheldt and drowned.

Another legend connected with Lange Wapper, explains why there are so many Maria statues on the facades of the houses in the city: The people of Antwerp, which hated Lange Wapper for his constant bullying, discovered that Lange Wapper could not bear the effigy of Maria statues. Therefore they placed Maria Figurines on the facades of their houses. Those figurines scared Lange Wapper continuously and he had to flee from the city, where he eventually fell and drowned in the river Scheldt. Today you can still find the Maria figurines on some of the Antwerp houses.

Popular posts from this blog

Belgian kids got to drink beer during their school lunch

There are almost 800 different kinds of beer in Belgium. One kind was very popular till the70's, it was even given to kids at school during their lunch break. Beer to kids? You must be kidding! Well, let's go a bit further into this. The beers we are talking about were so-called table beers, a kind of beer that was specially made for people who can't drink alcohol. So it's was a kind of alcohol-free beer, a kind, because there was some alcohol in it. between 1 and 4 percent alcohol. The most popular table beer was Piedboeuf, it had 1.1 percent alcohol in it and there was a lot of sugar added to make it as sweet as Coca-Cola. A good marketing strategy made that it was well distributed in almost all schools in Belgium. The reason was that it would be very healthy for them, because of the natural ingredients and of course the sugar. It would make them grow fast and strong. It would even be good for pregnant women and for women that were breastfeeding their baby'

How the Belgians founded New York

In order to avoid any confusion in this story, it is important to know that in the sixteenth century, the Netherlands covered a part of northern France and Lorraine, Belgium, Luxembourg, and the present Netherlands. Its inhabitants were called the Belgians, and the maps represented the country in the shape of a lion: the "Leo Belgicus". Besides, numerous maps from the sixteenth century showed this territory under the name of Belgium. The latter failed into disuse for the benefit of the Netherlands and only reappeared in 1789 on the occasion of the first Belgian revolution. In 1831 Belgium became an independent country. Today Belgium is a lot smaller and is divided into two big regions mostly based on the language they speak in that particular region. In the north, there is Flanders where they speak Flemish (Dutch) and in the south, there is the Walloon part where they speak French. Almost in the center and between the two parts is the region of the capital Brussels.

Belgium has the largest chocolate factory in the world

The largest chocolate factory in the world is located in Wieze, Belgium. Barry Callebaut produces around 270,000 tonnes a year, from cocoa bean to chocolate, making it the largest chocolate supplier in the world. Picture by Pixabay In Wieze you will also find the first of the seventeen Chocolate Academy centers that have since been distributed all over the world. A completely new building was recently opened, making the Chocolate Academy center in Wieze the largest center in the world. Picture by Pixabay The Belgian chocolate sector exports its quality chocolate to the entire world. Two-thirds of both the industrial chocolate and the end products are exported abroad. That's because there is a Belgian chocolate code developed in 2007. The Belgian chocolate code must ensure that the term 'Belgian chocolate' is only used for chocolate that actually comes from Belgium.