Rue de l'Etuve
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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.
The 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.
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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
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The House of Folklore and Traditions
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Visit our partners' webpages
- Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels
- Museums of the Far East - Royal Museums for Art and History, Brussels
- Cauchie House
- See and Tell in Brussels, guided city tours
- Horta-Lambeaux Pavilion - The Temple of Human Passions