The Giants of Leopoldsburg and Heppen

The Giants of Leopoldsburg and Heppen

The giants of Leopoldsburg & Heppen


Flanders has more than 1700 city giants. Several cities have their giants representing the city. We also have 5 giants in our village.


Giants have existed for centuries, and their numbers are still growing. The original giants depicted religious figures and joined processions, where they had a dramatic function. Throughout the centuries, this custom changed; the Catholic Church lost its grip on these processions and the giants were used more as a profane symbol, some giants were associated with a guild and/or depicted a local legend.

The life of a giant

A giant is not just any doll: he or she represents a heritage community. Giants can also marry another giant and have children to create a giant family.

Our giants

Below you will find our five giants. Click on the name to find out more.

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