Manneken Pis (Le Petit Julien or manikin) is a peeing statue in the center of Brussels. Despite the recurring theft of the statue, the current Manneken Pis has now been around for almost exactly 50 years. Translated in Dutch to mean, “little man pee”, that is exactly what you will find when visiting this popular city attraction. Located at the junction of Rue de l’Etuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chene/Eikstraat. If you don’t have a map, simply take the left lane next to the Brussels Town Hall from the Grand Palace and walk a few hundred meters southwest via Rue Charles Buls/Karel Bulsstraat. His sister Jaenneke Pis is less popular and many do not know that she exists.
Once there, you will finally come across the 58 centimeter-tall bronze statue that was originally sculpted by Hieronimus Duquesnoy the Elder. There are several legends that have been said about this particular statue, yet no one truly knows what the real story behind it is.
One of the most intriguing things about this statue of a boy peeing into a fountain is the fact that every few days, the statue is dressed in a different costume. There is a published schedule that can be found at the fountain, which rotates several hundred different costumes that help to make it all the more exciting to visit.
Manneken Pis in brief
|Place||1000, Brussels, Belgium|
|Locally Known As||Manneken-Pis|
Did you know that the figure has been repeatedly stolen and the current statue dates to only 1965??