"Visit the Manneken-Pis" Manneken Pis Tip by DanielF

Manneken Pis, Brussels: 171 reviews and 235 photos

 
 

The second ineluctable stop in all first-timer to Brussels itinerary is the famous statue of the Manneken-Pis.

Make your way through a little charming souvenir and chocolate-shop filled street until you reach the corner between Oven Street and Oak Street. There it is, behind a swarm of Chinese tourists. Disappointingly small for many, but one of the symbols of this city. So important that the most prominent part of the city's museum is consacrated entirely to this small fountain and its ample garderobe.

There are many theories about the origin of this small sculpture, but none of them is sustained by solid evidence. In any case, the Manneken Pis is not the only nor the oldest peeing statue in Europe, but certainly the most famous. The reasons for such a notoriety escape to many.

The most purist of the tourists will be even more disappointed if they get to know that what we see is not even the original statue (which is an XVII century work by Jerôme Duquesnoy), but a XIX century copy. The original statue had been stolen and vandalised in a number of occasions and it was deemed safer to keep it in the City Museum on the Grand Place.

Address: Corner of Rue de l' Etuve and Rue du Chêne
Directions: At Rue du Lombard
Phone: +32 479 27 29 29
Website: http://www.manneken-pis.be/

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  • Updated Nov 16, 2007
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