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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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  • The statue is nothing much, but clearly it is a representative place of the city, with all the legends attached to it. It's worth a walk for a picture. 
    The statue is nothing much, but clearly it is a representative place of the city, with all the legends attached to it. It's worth a walk for a picture.  more »
  • Overrated. I never understood why so many people gather at this attraction and wait their turn to take photos. Just a simple attraction. If you take a walk in Brussels , just go there for 5 minutes! 
    Overrated. I never understood why so many people gather at this attraction and wait their turn to take photos. Just a simple attraction. If you take a walk in Brussels , just go there for 5 minutes!  more »
  • Small statue. Average attraction. However, it is something Brussels is famous for, so it is a must see. 
    Small statue. Average attraction. However, it is something Brussels is famous for, so it is a must see.  more »
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  • The iconic peeing statue sits in one of Brussels' many beautiful side streets. The statue is fun to see and is surrounded by beautiful architecture housing many businesses, including waffle shops. It's a great little chunk of history to marvel at while on your way to see everything else this beautiful city has to offer.
  • If you have ever been to see the Mona Lisa, you'll have the exact same feeling. You build it up to be a great experience seeing this monument but are deflated quite quickly when you see what it is. No more than 60cm tall peeing statue
  • Once you reach this place one would definitely be surprised by the mere size of the statue. Just around a street corner there is a small boy statue pissing . The street would be vibrant with lots of tourist and shops. A must visit place for the feel of it!!
  • Not sure you can say you have been to Brussels without seeing Manneken Pis. After you see him - he is much smaller than you think he is! - head up the hill past the cafe with the bicycles driving up its side to the Manneken Pis costume museum. Our group of 6 loved this impromptu stop in our day.
  • Nice tourist attraction, though one must not expect it to be a huge statue. It symbolises the city in an unique manner and highlights the humor of the local people. There are delicious waffle shops nearby which one must not miss. It's a nice place to click photos, treat as a souvenir and also it can be seen in the various parts of the city. Have fun and don't miss it! :)

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