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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
December 17, 2011
From journal A Christmas Weekend in Brussels
CA1 1LA, England, United Kingdom
January 1, 2011
From journal Surprisingly interesting Brussels
Cary, North Carolina
April 28, 2009
From journal Eating Our Way Through Brussels in One Day
by Mandan Lynn
Smithwick, South Dakota
August 5, 2006
From journal Belgium: Waffles, Chocolate and More!
by wanderer 2005
June 17, 2005
One such story (with many variations) places our "Wee Boy" as the savior of the city, drowning out the flames of a deadly fire with his wee-wee. Another variation is that he, with precise aim, extinguished the fuse that would have caused a devastating explosion. Another story has our fellow as a street urchin who was unwise enough to relieve himself on the doorway of an evil sorcerer, who then condemned him to that position and to pee for eternity. Pick whichever you like, but you must take the short walk to see it. They even have costumes for him for different times of the year, like a Santa suit.
Records indicate that the original Mannekin Pis was created in 1388. It was destroyed many centuries later. He has also been stolen seven times during his long life on display and recovered each time. One man, Antoine Lucas, was sentenced to 20 years in prison when, in 1817, he ripped the statue from its base and fled with it.
The attraction is free of charge, and there are signs pointing to it on the street. It's easy to miss, so pay close attention to the direction the signs point in. There are a few chocolate shops down the street from him, so INDULGE.
From journal Historic Brussels
April 27, 2005
From journal Walk Around Brussels in a Day
April 7, 2005
Jerome Duquesnoy made the statue the Elder in 1619. It is sculpted out of bronze and during its existence ahs been stolen, smashed, rebuilt, and much, much more. Therefore, the history behind the Manneken-Pis is long, if not distinguished.
Perhaps the most notable thing about the statue is that on special occasions, he is dressed up in outfits. I believe that this is every second Tuesday and special events (check on the dates--I don’t want you to go on the wrong day). He has received outfits from all around the world and everyone from state leaders to girl scouts to the Elvis fan club. I believe that there is a museum nearby that displays all of his outfits if you are interested. One of the days that I was there, he was dressed as a Swiss guard, and let me tell you, it is a very elaborate dress.
Just to let you know, there is an iron gate that surrounds the Manneken-Pis, and it can be quite high for some people. It is sometimes necessary to go back a bit in order to get a better view, but be aware of the cars that will not stop for you.
If you are interested in purchasing a souvenir of the statue, there are plenty of shops nearby. They have a wide range of Belgian trinkets in these stores, as well as the symbol of the Manneken-Pis on every possible souvenir that you could ever think of.
The Manneken-Pis is a short walk from La Grande Place; I would guess about three blocks. Therefore, it is entirely possible to do both of Brussels monuments in the same day.
While the statue may be nothing more than a little boy relieving himself, it is considered a part of Belgian/Brussels history, and I would suggest, if you are in Belgium, taking a look at the little boy.
From journal Sensory Delight: Brussels, Belgium
June 16, 2004
Hordes of tourists shoot him from every angle and he's got a wardrobe that would put Carrie Bradshaw to shame. You can see all his outfits—from samurai and firefighter to Elvis and Tintin—at the museum inside the Maison du Roi. Don't miss it.
From journal Must-See Brussels
April 20, 2004
This famous fountain is located three short blocks south of the Grand Place. If you are expecting a larger than life display, you will be disappointed. It is a tiny and dark bronze statuette that is fenced in at a corner. It is amusing to see the “little man” (or Manneken) do its civic duty, which was originally to supply water to its district. During certain festivals, the boy pees beer or wine, which may represent the real-life routines of many hard drinkers everywhere. Perhaps even more interesting is to watch the expressions on the faces of tourists as they look at the mischievous figure. Shops around the fountain sell loads of Manneken-Pis T-shirts and trinkets.
The fountain, also nicknamed “Little Julian”, was the work of sculptor Jerome Duquesnoy the Elder in 1619. It is said that the boy is a symbol of the general attitude of the locals, who like to think of themselves as having a playful sense of humor and individuality despite serious outward appearances. Despite its reputation as a bit of pop culture, it actually has its merits as a fine work of art, as Duquesnoy was no slouch as a sculptor. Over the years the statue has been stolen, smashed, recovered, restored, and it is still ticking.
I was fortunate enough to witness a costume change one morning. The boy is only occasionally dressed with an outfit on special dates. The statue is fenced off and slightly elevated, so a maintenance man with a ladder has to let himself in with a key. He has to turn off the water during a changeover, as otherwise the outfits (and the man) would become soaked. Supposedly the man has an occasional bit of fun by turning up the water pressure so that the boy “pees” on the crowd, but on this day he was very businesslike. Each outfit has a slot through which the boy’s you-know-what slides through. The dressing process takes about ten minutes or so, and the tourists are oh so ready with cameras in hand to snap the statue in its “new” garb. There is a small sign on the fence that proclaims what the theme of the outfit is for that day.
The Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles, which is located in the King’s House (Maison du Roi) on the northern side of the Grand Place, actually contains the stunning wardrobe of the Manneken-Pis. The lucky boy statue has hundreds of outfits, although many have been retired.
From journal Bill in Belgium - BRUSSELS
Clifton, New Jersey
November 19, 2003
From journal Brussels: Art Nouveau Gem