Manneken Pis, the famous pissing boy of Brussels, and his girlfriend, Jeanneken Pis

JeannekenpisManneken Pis is the Belgium’s Brussels’ landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. Mannekenpis is the Brussels’ most famous statues. But not many tourists know that he actually has a girlfriend, Jeanneken Pis!

The statue of Belgium’s famous Manneken Pis is only 60 cm (2 feet) tall — can be found behind a small fence at the corner of rue de l’Etuve and rue Chenet. Sometimes known as ‘Little Julian’, the statue is in its own way, a typically Belgian symbol of cultural self-mockery. (Manneke in Flemish means dude). The statue has long been a beloved figure in Brussels, having come to be regarded even as an honored citizen of the town. Kings, Presidents, and celebrities have presented costumes to the Manneken-Pis. He now has a wardrobe of more than 260 outfits from all over the world, which are housed in the Musee Communal.

Mannekenpis, the pissing boy of Brussels, BelgiumThe Manneken Pis is a symbol of Brussels but nobody knows whom he represents actually. The legend says, that he put out a fire from bombardment of the city by Frenchmen during Napoleon. It is known, that he was created in the seventeenth century in fashionable style of game fountains. They speak, that from time to time water is replaced with beer. Each tourist should visit the boy and be photographed confirming to the stay in Brussels. There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfried II of Braban. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts title the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke currently Never – over Heembeek. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung it in a tree, to encourage them. From there, he urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.

Manneken Pis is a very small fountain, which you probably won’t see anyway because of the crowds of tourists and pickpockets. Many thousands of tourists come each year to see the Manneken Pis statue in Belgian capital, Brussels, which probably resembles to Belgian attitude to any sort of problems! 🙂

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