The little story...
The Manneken Pis, which literally means “the kid that pees” in the language of old Brussels, is certainly the most well-known fountain in Brussels. It takes the form of a small statue that is 55 cm high, representing a small boy urinating, and it was made in 1619 by Jérôme Duquesnoy, the Ancient.
The story of the small boy remains a mystery because we don’t know anything for sure when it comes to the statue’s origin. However, there are certain legends that talk about a rich bourgeois man, having lost his only son at the age of three or four years old during a popular Brussels celebration, built the fountain in the exact place where he found his son five days later in the same position as the bronze statue. Other legends glorify a small boy who, during the 13th century, saved the town from destruction by urinating on an incandescent wick which was supposed to light a powder keg on fire and, hence, stopped the evil plans of the enemy.
In 1698, this small character received his first costume. Since then, he has collected hundreds and new pieces of clothes, which are offered to him regularly. Over the years, we have admired the Manneken Pis dressed in special clothes made just for him and from around the world. To find out which costumes he’ll be wearing during your Brussels visit, you can check out the official diary of Brussels by clicking here.
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Boulevard brewing co.
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Manneken Pis Cafe
31-33 Rue des Grands Carmes, 1000 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 513 08 07
+32 (0)478 95 24 81
Open from Sunday to Saturday, from 10 AM to midnight