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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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  • This statue is a must, as it represents our small country. It goes through all out of outfits during the year
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  • It was very cold and windy. No matter; dozens of visitors accumulate in bunches in this tiny crossroads in the dark to try to have the best picture and best selfies with the Ket. So what is this magnetism freeing this little guy to drain so cohorts of tourists. All eager to deserve to find and see. This Ket has charismatic gifts. Surely!
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  • Only it is worth approaching to see it since it is two minutes from the Grand Place and Brussels, go for that unless you see it. But I recommend you go with someone who knows stories about its construction and several anecdotes, thus there are insured laughs. I had the "honour" of go by St. Patrick, so I saw him well disguised.
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  • It’s so crazy from all the pictures you’ll see before going to see him, you’ll think that he’s this large statue of a little kid. Then you will get there and see a lot of tourists and be looking to see where the statue is. He’s SO small! I actually was happy he was because it makes the statue very cute. They also always have him dressed up which is adorable. I’m so happy we went to see him even if it was a little statue with a lot of tourists.
  • I lived in Belgium for 7 years and I still love going to see this little guy as he get dressed for special occasions. So if you are lucky, you'll see him dressed. Don't expect him to be huge, he is really tiny!
  • Very small statue but iconic. Nice to see and go around since a couple of street arts before getting to the statue are around. Lots of tourist to chat and meet. Chocolate stores are a must to visit and eat a waffle they are a part of the culture of Brussels. Don not leave without eating waffle or chocolate please! Lol.
  • It's still nice and of course funny, but I didn't think it'd be so small! I came around the corner and wasn't sure what everyone was looking at at first. Still worth it if you're into historical stuff, plus there are a lot of great waffle shops around. I definitely got distracted Small boy and a smaller penis.
  • It's just a small statue at a corner of road with not much to be awed at. Though when I had been there the statue was being "undressed" for it's night nap may be(pun intended). The care taker or who ever the person was tried to make a bit fun out of the situation but splashing the "piss" of the baby boy statue. Overall I felt it to be a bit overrated.
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