Manneken Pis, the statue of a little boy, was created in the 17th century as a public fountain. It represents the rebellious ... More
Manneken Pis, the statue of a little boy, was created in the 17th century as a public fountain. It represents the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels. It has been stolen and replaced several times. Over time, the statue has been given many costumes and is dressed by an employee of the city on a regular basis.
Just two minute walk from Grand Place but I really wouldn't waste your shoe leather and time, small, insignificant, boring in fact and the shops in the near vicinity are a tourist trap-At 40 years old I am not wasting any more of my life looking at meaningless pointless objects-can only ne outsone by the mermaid in Copenhagen, another waste of time.
Most of my family is from Belgium and so this was a must see for me. I love the statue and find it very neat. Although there are a lot of tourists there, it is definately worth the short walk to see it from the Grand Place. The Yanika Pis is really neat too but I don't remember what street it is on....if you ask people should know where to direct you!
Paris has a tower, Berlin has a gate, London has a Bridge, Brussels has Manneken Pis. It is the symbol of Brussels. Most of the time, this small boy is standing on the corner of Rue de L' Etuve and Rue du Chene all naked doing his thing, but sometimes you can admire him, wearing some special outfit. Believe me it is a tiny statue ... but it means a lot to Brussels.
Manneken Pis is very respected in Belgium. I lived with my very best friends, who are basically my family, when I was there, and I learned a lot about the history of Manneken Pis and a lot of other Belgian history as well. Residents of Belgium certainly know a lot more about the history of thier own culture, than us Americans do about even the Statue of Liberty. This statue, although small, represents a little piece of respected history in another country, so if you don't plan on visiting him when you travel to Belgium, then don't bother with the Eiffel Tower when you go to France, or Big Ben when you go to London!
I agree that seeing Manneken Pis is a must see. But does anyone know that there is a girl called Yanika Pis? It's a spoof off of the boy. It's in a dark alley, though. I can't remember the street. Maybe you can ask someone if you're ever in Belgium. It's weird, yet interesting.
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