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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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  • I found it bland, if not time will not miss anything. On the grand place has many things to see and enjoy.
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  • Interesting statue that inspired our Manequinho in Botafogo in Rio de Janeiro that I find much more interesting than this original, because, although well located is too small. The importance deserved a more solemn.
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  • Really tiny! Too much crowd for a statue so tiny. Cutest female version, opposite the Delirium pub
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  • It's kind of amazing that this is even considered a tourist attraction. The most interesting thing about it are the swarms of tourists milling about and snapping pics of something so mundane. Cute, sure...cross it off your bucket list if you're in the neighborhood. But if you miss it, you're not missing much.
  • Who would have thought that this little guy "Manneken Pis" would be so famous. When we were there it literally felt like we were standing there trying to catch a glimpse of the statue with a million other people. Pro tip go with friends that are 6 foot 5 and above then you might get a good picture lol. An eye-opener.
  • The famous little guy. It's kind of crowded though. I can tell you that next to it is a great waffle store. I forgot the name but you'll find it.
  • I'm not sure why this is so hyped as as a tourist attraction.. good to tick it off the list. Would be good to have the legend or story about this there
  • It is worth getting a selfie with this iconic statue to show your friends and family. Probably one of the best statues I have seen of a little boy peeing. He also gets dressed up in different costumes. Visit the Brussels museum to see examples of the many costume he has worn