Manneken Pis

There is something just so, so adorable about the Manneken-Pis or the peeing toddler perched on top of the junction of Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. The adorable statue was made and set up in 1619 by the legendary sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy. Although no one knows what inspired the sculptor to create the tiny sculpture, the Manneken-Pis has quickly become one of the most well-known landmarks in Brussels.

One of the hilarious aspects of the statue is that it is dressed up in costumes that change three to five times a week. This tradition has been followed since the beginning of the 20th century and the statue now has several hundred costumes in its wardrobe.

The statue also has a female counterpart called the Jeanneke Pis that is located on the east end of the Impasse de la Fidélité/Getrouwheidsgang and a pet dog caught in the same act and located at Halles Saint Géry.

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