Brussels

Manneken Pis, the little peeing belgian

This small figure, just over half a metre tall, has become the most famous and recognizable symbol of the city of Brussels. Though small, it is easy to find as it is centrally located and all tourists’ eyes are directed towards it. As a curiosity, the figure dates from 1619 and is the work of Jérôme Duquesnoy the Elder, though its inspiration is still under discussion. One theory says that in the 12th century the son of a duke was seen urinating in the midst of a battle, so the statue was commissioned to symbolize the military courage of the people. Another legend, however, states  ...