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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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  • It's just a statue that's super crowded yet a must when in Brussels. Take the 5 minutes to see it and then move on!  more »
  • It is one of the most photographed monuments but it is nothing.. Poor artistic quality and not even a particular context.
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  • The first thing you notice about this iconic statue is the size. Until I first saw it, I had imagined that it would be a huge statue, turns out to be a tiny statue, nevertheless, it attracts millions of tourists each year. There are many stories that connect to the importance of this attraction. None have any concrete or confirmed base.
  • One of the iconic structures that have come to define Brussels. It was smaller than I expected though. We will always find people gathering here taking photos and videos. There are quite a few food joints nearby where you can buy the best waffles in the town and chocolates too... Don't miss it!
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