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Manneken Pis, Brussels

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A curiously famous landmark, Manneken Pis depicts a small bronze boy urinating into a fountain. The history behind the statue is contested, with several different legends surrounding the naked boy. Brussels artist Jerome Duquesnoy designed the sculpture in 1619, but because of many thefts over the years, the original statute today sits in the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis in Grand Place. Just a short walk from the main square, you'll know you're getting close when the souvenir shops feature larger-than-life versions of the landmark sculpture. At only 61 cm (24 in), this small sculpture has garnered huge attention, even having a chain of French-fry shops named after him. The little boy is dressed regularly in the attire of an organ builder, mayor of Brussels, and judo practitioner. Visit his female counterpart, Jeanneke Pis, squatting in a street nearby. Use our Brussels trip planner to arrange your visit to Manneken Pis and other attractions in Brussels.
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  • I visited this place at night and was not crowded or anything. Don't make it a priority in brussels. There are some waffle places and cookies nearby you can stop by and enjoy it. 
    I visited this place at night and was not crowded or anything. Don't make it a priority in brussels. There are some waffle places and cookies nearby you can stop by and enjoy it.  more »
  • Quirky little statue and one of Brussel‘s attractions. Located centrally, an easy walk from the Grande Place. Much smaller than most people seem to expect. 
    Quirky little statue and one of Brussel‘s attractions. Located centrally, an easy walk from the Grande Place. Much smaller than most people seem to expect.  more »
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  • Visited this place which is one of the tourist attractions of the city. The lanes and the surrounding showcase the old golden era of Belgium and city of brussels. Lot of old building and old rides are attractive. Many statues in this area symbolic to many beliefs of the people in the country. These lanes have many restaurants too where u can enjoy waffles and other food items. U also can have horse cart ride and enjoy the street musicians there performing in front of crowd.
  • A small statue of a naked boy child pissing is kept in the famous square. Has a historical significance. The original statue is kept in the Belgium museum as it was stolen so many times. This one's a replica. And there's always a huge crowd to watch this statue. The irony is there isn't a single restroom available nearby, if you felt like pissing! There are many shops lined on the road towards the Statue from the Grand Square, you can't miss the crowds. A restaurant right next to the statue has a huge queue as well for people wanting to fine here. I loved a Lace shop exactly diagonal to the Statue. It has lovely white & Black lace objects like handkerchief, decorative items, artifacts, etc made from white Belgian lace which was once a very handy, delicate & famous Art form. I bought myself a White laced Umbrella for thirty Euros from this shop as I am a big fan of hand made articles, as I come from India.

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