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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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  • This was incredibly disappointing. We were expecting perhaps a life-size statue in the centre of fountain. Not at all the case. It's a tiny little statue (no larger than knee-high), perched on top of ...  more »
  • My friend told me it is the unofficial mascot of Belgium if you will! It may sound like a joke, but the Manneken Pis is quite a big deal! He is even given specialized costumes for certain holidays! It...  more »
  • Well, this monument is nothing impressive except its long history. Thus you must visit as you are passing by visiting more interesting places in Brussels 
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  • Where: Manneken Pis - Brussels What: A small bronze sculpture of a little boy urinating How was it: It was smaller than we expected. We went to see him a couple of times as we heard that he changes clothes. The first day we went, he was wearing some type of corporal clothing. It's funny to see the statue and the people gathering around him. Grade: Eli = 3, Serge = 4 Recommend: Yeah, it was nice. If you are in the city centre, it's worth going to see.
  • Statue is tiny, there is a chocolate shop down the street that has a larger Chocolate version. When I visited in the Halloween weekend it was dressed up (distastefully) and could not be admired. The street was beyond crowded and it gets frustrating if you're under 5foot9 (1.70m). TL DR - don't book (waste) too much time, there are better things to see.
  • The kiddos loved it! smaller than we expected... But most are... Lol. Great place across from here (Elizabeth) to get a giant meringue with chocolate. And right beside is a waffle shop €1 fresh, hot waffle with sugar.... BEST.SNACK.EVER! But please look at the number on one wall of the waffle you want the look at another wall for the coordinating prices. Bring cash and say please! These ladies do speak English but are trying to serve many.
  • Honestly this magnificent city has many beautiful and interesting things to see, but this curious fountain shaped like a child who is irreverently pee is a must. Council after seeing her to go straight into the Grand Place and visit the city museum in which are collected all the clothes with which he adorned the baby! @gargio76
  • This little statue of an infant boy peeing is, well, just that. He does, from time to time, get dressed up by the locals, so you may find an amusing or whimsical outfit. Plan for about a minute here, and check it off the bucket list before moving on. There's a great beer bar right next door, though. Well worth the stop!