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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. Plan your visit to Manneken Pis and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Brussels tour planner.
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  • a bit underwhelming as was so small but i found it quite cool that the statue is dressed up in different costumes regularly. just something you have to see when in brussels really  more »
  • Nobody now how this became one of the highlights in Brussels. It's a small one somewhere in the corner of a street with all kind of touristic food restaurants around it.  more »
  • Very close to Grand Place, hardly 100 mts. A must visit for a nice snap. If you do the walking tour, they provide more information.  more »
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  • I thought it was bigger. But it seems very popular with tourists. There are good places to eat waffles, drink beer and buy chocolate and some souvenir shops. For those in a hurry this is a good place to go to get things within walking distance
  • It's a small statue of a little bit peeing. Sometimes they dress it up. Prepare to be underwhelmed. It's only a short walk from the grand place so you might as well check it out if you're there since it's a bizarre source of pride for this city.
  • Cute little statue, amazing how everyone visits this place just to see the 'Manneken Pis'. Costumes are changed every week, and I found this adorable but there's nothing more to say about it. 3/5
  • The statue is small but historical... the streets surrounding the statue is worth the visit... Definitely try a waffle and stock up on chocs. Lots of dessert type food to give a sugar high experience!
  • The statue is beautiful. There are many stories linked to it. Not sure which is true. It is in one corner of a junction and hence the overall location is not very attractive. The statue is very small compared to the pictures that I had seen.