Manneken Pis

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46 Rue de l'Etuve, Brussels, Belgium - 02 513 89 40

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Maurizioago Maurizio…
574 reviews
The Manneken Pis. Mar 17, 2017
Manneken Pis is a bronze statuette of a naked peeing boy situated atop a fountain. It was built in 1619.

Sometimes you can see this little boy dressed. He has a rich wardrobe you can see in the City Museum in Grand Place.

There are some legends about it. According to one of them a witch saw a little boy makings his things against her door. She lived where the fountain now stands. The witch was very angry so that she turned him into a statue. Another legend says that a man had lost his little son. After two days he found him near the place where now the fountain is situated. When the father spotted his child, the latter was peeing. As a token of gratitude the father had the fountain with a statue of a peeing boy built.
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MarioBG MarioBG
19 reviews
Tiny peeing boy Dec 26, 2015
One cannot go to Belgium without seeing their symbol, the little peeing boy :) He is a little difficult to find at first but if you manage to find the general location using the sign boards and just head towards the huge crowd of people, you will be fine :) I loved the location of the Manneken Pis. In the heart of Brussels, 2min walk from Grand Place and surrounded by narrow European streets filled with waffle shops and boutiques. If you wish to take some decent photographs I would definitely recommend going early morning as it does get very crowded.
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Ils1976 says:
or in case you love some lights, you can go late at evening as well ... hahaha, so funny that this little guy is the star attraction of our whole nation ... go figure! :D
Posted on: May 07, 2016
curious_claire curious_…
78 reviews
Worth taking a look at Apr 27, 2015
The Manneken Pis, literally the Little Man Pee, is a small statue of a little boy urinating into a fountain's basin. The statue is located not far from the Grand Place so is worth taking a look at although it does get crowded at certain points of the day.

The statue also gets dressed up several times throughout the year although it wasn't when I visited Brussels. And while this statue is the most famous, it is not the only peeing statue around Brussels. There is the Jeanneke Pis which is a girl peeing, and the Zinneke Pis which is a dog peeing.
This shows just how small it is
The Manneken Pis
curious_claire says:
Well you know you cant ignore the little man ;)
Posted on: Apr 28, 2015
hanleyscot says:
If there was anyone who was going to do a review on this…it would be you. haha!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2015
Bojasem Bojasem
216 reviews
Cute Little Statue Jun 06, 2012
Manneken Pis (literally Little Man Pee in Marols, a Dutch dialect spoken in Brussels, also known in French as le Petit Julien), is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619. It bears a similar cultural significance as Copenhagen's Little Mermaid.

The famous statue is located at the junction of Rue de l'Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. To find it, one takes the left lane next to the Brussels Town Hall from the famous Grand Place and walks a few hundred metres .

The 61 cm tall bronze statue on the corner of Rue de l'Etuve and Rue des Grands Carmes was made in 1619 by Brussels sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy. The figure has been repeatedly stolen; the current statue is a copy from 1965. The original is kept at the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis on the Grand Place.

I think it little boy pee but the good thing a lot of shops , many tourist want take picture

near the statue.
jay17 jay17
4 reviews
Its a must visit place.. Jul 19, 2011
Just visit its near to Grote Markt. You can take a walk across Grote markt and visit Manneken Pis. Its a statue of small kid peeing and ya dont forget to try chocolate from the shop immediate left to it. There are some free samples to try. You need to ask for it.
Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
The icon of Brussels Sep 01, 2009
The icon of Brussels is a small statue of a little boy urinating, Manneken Pis.

Manneken Pis is first mentioned in the city records in 1469 as a stone statue. The first bronze replacement was made in 1619 by Jerome Duquesnoy but was stolen and destroyed in 1817 by Antoine Licas. When caught Antoine Licas was sentenced to be exposed in a cage in the Grand Place, was given eleven separate life sentences for hard labour, and branded on the right shoulder with the letters TP (Travaus Forces a Perpetuite; Penal Servitude for Life). The current statue was made in 1817 following this episode.

Several different stories exist for the origin of the story. One has a boy heroically urinating on a firecracker that was going to burn down the city. Another has a lost boy from wealthy parents being found urinating on the spot, with a statue put up to celebrate his return. A third tells of a five year old son of the duke of Brabant, Godefroi, performing the miracle of urinating continuously for an hour during a parade, with locals memoralising this 'miracle' with a statue.

You have to see Manneken Pis if you visit Brussels, although most people are somewhat disappointed in the small size considering the hype, and the street between the Grand Place and Manneken Pis is tourist central (and pickpocket central). It is worth seeing and I always take visitors there, but make sure it isn't the only thing you see in Brussels. Also consider the more graphic sister statue, Jenneken Pis.
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Cho says:
Yes, there were so many tourists around the statue when we were there, and I'm sure it's like this the whole year around!
Posted on: Jun 24, 2013
lamadude says:
Next time you are at Manneken pis stay there for 20 minutes or so and watch the tourist come and go, it's a strange sight, and you here "OMG it's so small!!" ever minute ;-)

Little known trivia: The Flemish word "Manneken" (=little guy) was adopted into French and later English as "Mannequin" although over time the meaning has changed obviously.
Posted on: Sep 02, 2009

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