From my souvenirs the monument to Everard 't Serclaes was more appreciated from the "Brusseleirs" than the touristic Manneken Pis.
Serclaes was considered not only as a Brussels' hero but as a martyr because he was assassinated by the lord of Gaasbeek (15 Km south-west of Brussels centre) and mutilated by cutting his tongue and a feet. This happened on March 26, 1388 at a crossroad in Vlezenbeek that still exists.
When visiting the castle of Gaasbeek and its park I used to pass there on my bicycle and as a kid I felt each time impressed by that murder even if the café standing there seemed not to be a treat for the passer-by.
After the death of 't Serclaes the Brussels' militia went to Gaasbeek and burned the castle after a long siege. The castle of Gaasbeek has been rebuilt and modified during the following centuries and is now a museum.
When I became a student each year before the examinations I used to pass at the corner of the Grand Place to rub the statue and make a wish. I can testify that it worked as I got my degree.
That wish you make when rubbing the statue should remain secret to have a chance of achievement.
The statue is now a (rather bad) copy because the original surface got so deteriorated by people rubbing it that a restoration was needed like mentioned by panels on the monument.
Everard 't Serclaes lord of Cruyckembourg , a famous alderman of Brussels, who freed the city from the rule of the Count of Flanders. In 1388 a rival Lord murdered him by chopped off one of his feet and his tongue. He was transported to the Maison de l'Étoile, where he died.
The bronze statue of 't Serclaes by Julien Dillens is located in the tiny arcade under Grand Place 8 (The Star).
Local superstition says, the statue brings good luck and grant long-forgotten wishes of all who touch it, especially his arm and the dog's nose. Be that as it may, it certainly keeps the statue shiny.
The Star formerly housed a pub where the Belgian Socialist Party was founded. Now it is home to the stylish La Maison du Cygne restaurant.
The monument underneath the arcades of the Maison de l'Étoile at the Brussels Grand Place commemorates Everard t'Serclaes, a 14th-century popular Brussels hero. In 1388, when riding alone on the road from Brussels to Lennik, Serclaes was ambushed by the bailiff of Gaasbeek and Gaasbeek's bastard son, who chopped off one of his feet and cut his tongue. The Brussels hero was transported to the Maison de l'Étoile, where he died. The Brussels citizens avenged Serclaes' death and destroying the Gaasbeek castle, pillaging its chicken . This event has earned the Brusselers the nickname of "kiekenfretters", i.e. "chicken-eaters". Local superstition has it that stroking the statue, especially Serclaes' arm and the dog's nose, brings luck. Be that as it may, it certainly keeps the statue shiny.Nice way to keep it clean
Everard ‘t Serclaes was murdered defending Brussels in the 14th century. This statue in his honour can be found under the arcade by the Rue C Buls Straat which runs down the southern side of the Hotel de Ville. It was made in 1902 by Julien Dillens (1849-1904). It dedicates his release of Brussels after the city was occupied by Flemish troops led by Lord Gaesbeek. Touching the bronze arm of his statue is said to bring luck. I saw several people doing this whilst I was standing here.
You must give him a rub for good luck. Go on you know it makes sense.
History behind the statue
This prone bonze monument is right on the corner of the square under the arcade of the house known as l'Etoile. Everard't Serclaes was a town councilor who, in 1356, led a rebellion against the Flemish occupying forces. He was captured, his tongue was cut out, then he was brought here to l'Etoile, the house of the Amman, whose job was to oversee executions, and he was assassinated. Now, for some peculiar reason, rubbing his arms and the nose of the dog at his feet is supposed to bring you everlasting luck and happiness.
Local superstition said that by touch the right hand of the statue can bring luck.
But when we were there, seems like everybody touched the statue from her head till leg... anyway, hope it really bring luck for me, amien.
This is very interesting monument in Brussels. You would see everyone coming and caressing this reclining statue. Serclaes was a victim territorial feud and believed to be a hero. His one feet and tong was chopped by lord of Gaasbeek and he was later died in1388.
Everard 't Serclaes saved the city of Brussels from the Flamish people in 1356.
His statue is placed under an arcade at the Grand'Place. You can find it when going from the Grand'Place to Manneken Pis.
The legend says that striking the arm of the statue will bring you luck!
THE SERCLAES MONUMENT
This monument underneath the arcades of the Maison de l'etoile at the Brussels Grand Place commemorates Everard t'Serclaes, a 14th-century popular Brussels hero.
This monument to the 14th century hero lies under the arades of Maison de l'Etoile in Grand Place. Legend has it if you rub his arm, you will have good luck!
The statue of Everard 't Serclaes, is located at the corner of the Grand Place and the Stoofstraat (the road which leads to the famous Manneken Pis statue).