Antwerp @ Night

Antwerp is a city in Belgium which is the capital of Antwerp province. A longstanding theory is that the name originated in the Gallo-Roman period and comes from the Latin antverpia. Antverpia would come from Ante (before) Verpia (deposition, sedimentation), indicating land that forms by deposition in the inside curve of a river (which is in fact the same origin as Germanic waerpen). Note that the river Scheldt, before a transition period between 600 to 750, followed a different track. This must have coincided roughly with the current ringway south of the city, situating the city within a former curve of the river. However many historians think it's unlikely that there was a large settlement that would be named 'Antverpia', but more something like an outpost with a river crossing. Historical Antwerp allegedly had its origins in a Gallo-Roman vicus. In the 16th century, Antwerp was noted for the wealth of its citizens ("Antwerpia nummis")

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