Any visit to Brussels is not complete without visiting the famous little statue, Manneken Pis. Manneken Pis is a bronze statuette of a little boy urinating into the fountain basin, which reaches just 61cm tall. In the fifteenth century, the statue played an important role as the first drinking fountain in Brussels. Designed by Hiëronymus Duquesno, it was placed in its current location in 1618, or 1619, on the corner of Rue de l'Etuve and Rue des Grands Carmes. Over time there have been many myths and legends surrounding this statue. Sadly over the years this endearing little statue has been subject to vandalism, and on occasions been stolen. As a result, the original statuette is now found at Maison du Roi, the Museum of the City, located on Grand Place
Manneken Pis and the Museum of the City
The residents of Brussels have a fondness for this world renowned little boy. The city also has a rather humorous outlook with regards to Manneken Pis.
In time-honoured tradition, Manneken Pis is regularly dressed in different costumes. The city receives so many designs that they need to be managed. This responsibility is held by the non-profit organisation ‘Friends of Manneken Pis’, who receive and review costume designs and select which costumes to use. Previous costumes worn by the statue are held in a permanent exhibition in the Museum of the City. The oldest costume on display originates from as far back as the seventeenth century.
In addition to dressing Manneken Pis, it has been known on occasion for the fountain to be hooked up to a beer keg and beer has been handed out to passers-by.
Both Manneken Pis and the Museum of the city are within easy walking distance from the Park Inn by Radisson Brussels Midi Hotel
. After a busy day of sightseeing, guests can return to contemporary accommodation in Brussels city centre and take full advantage of the premier facilities on offer.