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Visit : Monument

Manneken Pis

Manneken Pis
© WBT - Th. Blairon
Manneken Pis
© WBT - Joseph Jeanmart
Manneken Pis
© WBT - Ricardo de la Riva
Manneken Pis
© WBT - J.P. Remy

The Manneken Pis is the symbol of Brussels folklore and an unmissable tourist attraction in the capital.

Also known as the "Ketje de Bruxelles", the "little boy of Brussels" is one of Brussels' most cherished figures. Tourists and Belgians come to visit this statue on the Rue de l'Etuve, close to the Grand-Place.

Manneken-Pis's costumes

The Manneken Pis is often given new costumes and he wears them of fixed dates. His impressive wardrobe can be seen in the Maison du Roi in the Grand-Place. Find out more (in French only)

Numerous legends have sprung up around this symbolic Brussels figure. The most commonly heard is that of a little boy who, by performing this famous call of nature, reputedly extinguished the burning fuse of a bomb destined for the Grand-Place.

In reality, this charming little fountain was erected during the reign of Archduke Albert and Archduchess Isabella to supply drinking water to the neighbourhood.

Museums in Brussels and the Manneken Pis

The Museum of the City of Brussels - Maison du Roi Find out more The House of Folklore and Traditions Find out more

Don't forget to visit The Friends of Manneken-Pis website.


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