Manneken Pis, Brussels

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Corner of Rue de l' Etuve and Rue du Chêne

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    Mannekin Pis

    by Gillybob Updated Jul 9, 2012

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    The Mannekin Pis is Brussels' most famous statue; it is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the basin of the fountain. This little statue attracts thousands of visitors every year and yet is actually very small (when you can eventually find it). Whilst there are many sign posts around Brussels to help you into the general locale, once in the area, it's easily missed if the usual crowd of tourists is absent.

    During the year you will often find the statue wearing costumes. When notable dignitaries visit Brussels, it is common practice for them to present a version of their national costume for the statue to wear on their national day.

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    Brussels' answer to the Eiffel Tower

    by csordila Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This peeing little man is an answer of Brussels to the Eiffel Tower. There is a small fountain spouting from, well, his ... you guessed it. The first reaction you can hear : Look, I would have never believed that he is so small ! But I myself am on that opinion, it hasn't have to be big to be beautiful. Could you imagine what would be happen if he would be the size of the Eiffel Tower? I think the city would be always under water!
    During high season, visitors from around the world gather to see the little statue's ever-changing wardrobe.

    There are many stories about the little man. According to one of the many legends the little boy had peed against the door of a witch who lived where the fountain now stands. The witch was so angry that she turned him into a statue.

    You should take some photos while you're there, otherwise, the family back home will never believe you.

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    Silly Statue

    by Buckz Written Nov 13, 2003

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    Paris has a tower, Berlin has a gate, London has a Bridge, Brussels has a little statue. If you are into massive heroic statues (Trevi Fountain for example) you won't be impressed,but no matter, you have got to go and see him.
    In fact you should check him out each day you are in Brussels, as his clothes are changed regularly. (Sharp dressed little man!). There is usually a small crowd, but it moves quickly. Mid to late afternoon is the best time to get a picture of him, but to be fair, he faces south west onto a narrow street, so he rarely needs sun screen.

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    The smallest peeing boy in Belgium

    by Helga67 Updated May 9, 2004

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    Manneken Pis is the symbol of Brussels. Most of the time, this small boy is standing on the corner of Rue de l' Etuve and Rue du Chene all naked doing his thing, but sometimes you can admire him, wearing some special outfit.

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    by ATLC Written Jan 23, 2005

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    The inevitable and obligatory photo of Manneken Pis. I've never ever understood what the big deal is. But there you have it, I went there too and made a photo. It's just off Grand Place on a corner of Rue de l'Etuve (Stoofstraat).
    It seems that Manneken Pis has an extensive wardrobe and is often dressed in some costume or other.

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    Manneke Pis on Christmas

    by kylian74 Updated Dec 11, 2003

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    If you ever visited Brussels on the month of December, you can have a change to see Manneke Pis wearing just like Santa Claus! Yes, he is dressed up in some occasions but in normal cases he don't wear anything.

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    by Suet Written Oct 18, 2004

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    The famous lil boy piddling..... well it was MUCH smaller than I magined, I nearly walked past it if it hadn't been for the hordes of Japanese tourists flashing away....

    The shops are FULL of reproductions in the form of keyrings, corkscrews etc etc

    Well, pity to go all that way and not see it eh?

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    by Imaniac Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    Both a must see and a tourist trap, Manneken Pis is THE symbol of Brussels. It's a small statue of a young boy urinating. You'll find it just outside the amrket square. The reason that I say it's a tourist trap is because it is so incredibly small. However, I do feel you can't leave Brussels without having seen it.

    Legend has it that a father was looking for his son, who was nowhere to be found. When the man finally found him, he saw his son peeing against a wall. The man was so glad he found him, that he erected a statue at the exact spot where he found his son.

    Another story tells us that where the boy was peeing, was the house of a witch, And the witch got so angry she turned the boy into a statue.

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    by dejavu2gb Written Feb 18, 2005

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    Like New York has the Statue of Liberty, London has the Big Ben and Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Brussels has the most famous little Belgian boy, The Manneken Pis.
    Its a little statue of a boy in a very compromising position, has attracted many peoplem making this a major tourist attraction.

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    by benidormone Updated Sep 5, 2003

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    The statue of manneken pis is world famous.Everyone who go's to Brussels pays it a visit.I must say the first I saw it I was dissapointed because it was so small.There are a few hundreds of costumes for manneken pis.Most of the time he is dressed with one of them.On gay pride day he wears the rainbow colors.

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    by tompt Written Jan 7, 2004

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    This statue of a little boy in a somewhat compromising position is a major tourist attraction in the city. The visitors are almost all surprised the statue is so small.

    It is not known why the manneken is there. He is believed to be nothing more than a decoration on top of a fountain.
    The official origin can be traced back to the 13th of August 1619 when the city ordered the sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy to make a new bronze statue of manneken-pis to replace an old one.
    Over the centuries the little manneken has often been hidden to protect him against bombs of invading armies. He has also been stolen several times by plundering soldiers and even by the citizens of Geraardsbergen, a city in Flanders that claims to possess the oldest statue of a peeing boy in Belgium.

    The manneken-pis is very often dressed. At the moment he has a wardrobe of more than 600 costumes, which are all preserved in the City Museum at the Grand-Place.
    He received his first costume on May the 1st 1698. The governor of the Austrian Netherlands gave the costume on the occasion of festivities organized by one of the guilds of Brussels. Among the more special costumes are: an Elvis Presley outfit and a Mickey Mouse costume.

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    Manneken Pis sharing belgian fruit beer

    by kylian74 Written Aug 18, 2003

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    Staue of Manneken Pis, pissing kriek belgian beer

    This was happened in the summer...I went to Brussel on the 2'nd of August, my intention was to find some belgian lace around Grand Place shops. We ended up watching parade the street where Manneke Pis located..I thought that was only an ordinary parade, I dont' really know are are they celebrating but the parade with some mascots stopped right at the statue of Manneke Pis, I thought we are only making some kind of shows to many tourist around that day but later on, A man came and went to the little statue with some plastic glasses, the littlte boy stopped urinating for a while and then it comes in PINK color and that was a beer! a KRIEK typical belgian fruit beer made of cherry fruit...It was given to some tourist that are present to see the Manneken Pis...I was just looking to them and took some photos.

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    The Little Guy

    by lmkluque Updated May 21, 2012

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    Fun to See!!

    I know some people categorize this as a tourist trap, but I see it differently.

    I had not heard of Manneken Pis, so had no pre-concieved notions of what to expect. Like the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, the little guy is very small. Unlike the Little Mermaid, his wardrobe is huge, over six hundred outfits!

    There are several legends about him that I have heard--mostly that he saved Brussels from destruction because he urinated on a bomb. What ever the truth is, the people of Brussels are proud of him and for that reason I'm happy that I was able to see the statue in action!

    If nothing else, it was a great indication of the wonderful sense of humor the Belgians have.

    The truth is that he was part of a water delivering system created in the early 1600's! Of course what we see is a replica. The original Manneken Pis is kept safe at the Musée de la Ville de Bruxelles
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    Naked or dressed

    by Martinewezel Updated Feb 7, 2008

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    Not very fond of this little fountain statue, while not special at all, but as it's so popular I just had to add it to my tips.
    According to the legend, a little guy peed on the burning fuse attached to a powder keg and saved Brussels.

    Manneken Pis owns an extensive wardrobe and there is a big chance you won't see him naked (see third photo attached to this tip)
    I should not write this, but sometimes city workers make fun of tourists by increasing the jet of the water. So take care if you see a man working at the fountain ;-)

    Going from the Grand Place to Mannenken Pis, you'll see lots of tourist shops with "Manneken Pis souvenirs". Very popular is the "Manneken Pis corkscrew". Now that's really funny.

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    by Imbi Written May 12, 2004

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    Some people compare Manneken Pis to Big Ben, Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower. As they believe that Manneken Pis has the same significant in the history of Brussels as the above mentioned monuments have in their own cities. No one knows the real story behind it as there are so many stories about it existence.


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