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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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  • I believe it’s a must see like Mona Lisa at the Louvre! Unfortunately, tour guides tend to guide you away from it on the formal tour and encourage you to find it on your own time possibly. For example, they might say it’s small or far.. But to my delight when you happen to find it, ah Ha!! And you will enjoy the odd and nostalgia of this legendary monument to make its mark on your travels: Manneken Pisss!! :)
  • I know others have been underwhelmed by this attraction, but I absolutely love this little guy. You won't spend more then 3 minutes and it is funny to see that one the top attractions of the city is this little boy. Try to learn about the legends and the history behind it. It is 5 minutes from the Grand Place, worthy taking a quick look.
  • Pretty underwhelmed to be honest. Just a mini statue of a boy pissing (with high bars around it) and all this at a corner of a building around buildings... Not much to see but if you're there already (probably at the Grand-Place) it's a 5 min walk. And since there's not much to see in Brussels anyway you can go and check it out. There's as lot of waffle shops nearby so you can treat yourself after.
  • I don't understand why people have this negative attitude toward this statue. First, it is not meant to be a history lesson (though the story behind it is funny and interesting). Second you are not expected to spend an hour looking at it, it is not a museum. Just go there on your way to the main square enjoy it for a minute or two and look up its history later or before your visit. Keep Pissing!
  • The boy is just pissing. Give him some privacy people.... Unless you're a tourist like me. Then stare at him all you want. There's something bizarre about the whole experience but you just accept it and it makes you wanting more pissing statues. (There are others. Look for them)
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