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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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  • It's very small and a little hidden, but is recognised as the symbol of Bruxelles so I think that It can be interesting to be seen 
    It's very small and a little hidden, but is recognised as the symbol of Bruxelles so I think that It can be interesting to be seen  more »
  • "Much ado about nothing" literally sums this up pretty well. It's a tiny sculpture of a pissing boy. That's it. Unlike seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time - somehow disappointed, but still - a... 
    "Much ado about nothing" literally sums this up pretty well. It's a tiny sculpture of a pissing boy. That's it. Unlike seeing the Mona Lisa for the first time - somehow disappointed, but still - a...  more »
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  • Apparently this statue has a very rich history and is a bit of a national hero. I'd definitely recommend visiting the top floor of the Brussels City Museum to find out more about the statue and see the original up close. The one displayed as a popular tourist attraction is a copy to help keep the original one protected from the weather.
  • Definitely the most disappointing tourist attraction I've ever seen. I knew it would be small, but it's actually even smaller, I wouldn't even notice it, if it wasn't for the crowd around. You can just stop by to take a quick photo and go on to the main square, it's way more interesting.

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