The Manneken-Pis monument in Brussels, Belgium translates to “Little Man Pee.” The famous statue is located in the Rue de l’Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. The peeing boy is the emblem and mascot of the rebellious city of Brussels, and brings in thousands of tourists every day. This little boy has worn over 900 different suits, and 100 of them can be viewed at the Museum of the City of Brussels. The 61 cm tall bronze statue on the corner of Rue de l’Etuve and Rue des Grands Carmes was made in 1619 by Brussels sculptor, Hieronimus Duquesnoy the Elder. This figure has been stolen multiple times, however the original restored one is in the Grand Place at the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis.

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Although there are many legends behind this statue, the most popular one depicts the story of Duke III of Leuven. The legend is that this two-year-old boy was fighting against the troops of the Berthouts, where the troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket high in a tree. The boy gets his name “little man pee,” because he urinated on his opponents, leading them to their defeat. Another cool myth about this statue is about when Brussels was being attacked by foreign power. The enemies planted explosive charges inside the city walls. The little boy, Julianske spied on the enemies as they were planning their plot against the city. He saved the city by urinating on the bombs, putting out the fuse.

During holidays and important events, the city dresses Manneken-Pis with luxurious and fancy clothing. He used to serve as a way of drinking water in the 15th century, but now he is just here to resemble the spirit in Brussels.

Which legend do you believe about the Manneken-Pis?

Shane Autumn is currently a senior at The University of Tampa, pursuing a degree in Communication, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in International Studies. When this travel-obsessed, adventure junkie isn't out exploring the world, she can be found feeding her unhealthy addiction to chocolate chip cookies. Shane Autumn is an avid human rights and animal activist, and plans on starting her own non-profit organization someday.

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