Sunday, 26 October 2008

Manneken Pis, Brussels

The statue of a little boy peeing is a very popular landmark in Belgium and you'll find many souveniers of the statue. While this is a nude statue, it changes its attire from time to time, which could be another reason to its fame. :)

The story that was told to me by our guide was this:
"Another story (told often to tourists) tells of a wealthy merchant who, during a visit to the city with his family, had his beloved young son go missing. The merchant hastily started searching with others all corners of the city, until one member of the search party found the boy happily urinating in a small garden. The merchant, as a gift of gratitude to the locals who helped out during the search, had the fountain built." - wikipedia

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