Paris has its Tower and London its great clock, but Brussels is a little different. The statue that most people know and the replica of which sits in gardens around the world is the fountain known as Manneken Pis. Some say that it represents a boy lord who vanquished his foes well, his troops did or a young boy who managed to save the city with his urination. The other line, rebellious kid, revolves around a parent losing track of their child and finding him in various areas around town peeing. His fame though most likely comes through a more prosaic chain of events.
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Etymology[ edit ] To be precise, the real name of the statue is Menneke Pis. From the beginning, the fountain played an essential role in the distribution of drinking water. It stood on a column and poured water into a double rectangular basin of stone. The only representations of this first statue can be found, very schematically, in a painting by Denis Van Alsloot , representing the Brussels' Ommegang of and in a preparatory drawing to this painting. It was probably cast and installed in During this time, the column supporting the statue and the double rectangular basin collecting water were completely remodeled by Daniel Raessens.
Probably the best way to travel between Brussels attractions. The peeing boy is a small bronze fountain statue from the 17th century that is tall just 61cm 24 inches. Stories of peeing boy statue origins Many great legends bring this little statue to life in the hearts of visitors, and the question is why was this statue erected? One story tells of a tourist father who lost his son in the city and after receiving help from villagers to find the boy, he gifted this statue to them.
Tuesday, December 09, Read One of the most iconic symbols of Brussels is not a majestic bridge or a tower or a cathedral, but a tiny statue of a little boy happily pissing in public. But not many of them are aware that the little boy is not alone - he has a family, consisting of a sister and a dog, and they all seem to suffer from the same problem of relieving themselves in public. Manneken Pis The famous statue is located at the junction of two streets, close to Grand Place. The statue is just two feet tall and was placed there in by the sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy. Some say the statue represents a young boy who urinated on a burning fuse and thus managed to save the city from destruction.