It also embodies their sense of humour called zwanze  in the dialect of Brussels and their independence of mind. This site is served by the premetro station Bourse on lines 3 and 4 and the bus stops Grand Place and Cesar de Paepe. The earliest mention of the existence of Manneken Pis can be found in an administrative text, dating from —, about the water lines supplying the fountains of Brussels.
This bronze statuette, created in the 17th century by J. Duquesnoy the elder, embodies the irreverent spirit of Brussels. Also known as "Little Julian", due to confusion with another fountain, het Juliaensborreke, it was one of the many fountains serving the city.
The famous Manneken-Pis remains the emblem of the rebellious spirit of the City of Brussels. His wardrobe counts more than suits. History of Manneken-Pis.
Manneken-Pis was at first a fountain that played an essential role in the former distribution of drinking water since the 15th century. The system was well-known in all of Europe. Towards the end of the 17th century, the statue became more and more important in the city life. It was also a survivor of the bombardment of Brussels in
This week, a channel was constructed to gather the water being discharged by the Manneken Pis to redirect it back to the statue. The municipality is now intent on inspecting all the centrally located fountains to avoid similar waste. We should be setting an example, and encouraging everyone in Brussels to pay attention to their water consumption.
The archives of Saints-Michel-et-Gudule Cathedral show that he served as a public fountain as early as Back then, he was in stone — the bronze statue we know today was installed in There is in fact more than one legend about Manneken Pis, who was once also known as "Petit Julien".
Upon arrival in Brussels one of the first attractions you are shown is the Manneken Pis little pee man in Flemish. The peeing boy is a small bronze fountain statue from the 17th century that is tall just 61cm 24 inches. Many great legends bring this little statue to life in the hearts of visitors, and the question is why was this statue erected?
Inthe Brussels Authorities decided to remodel the Manneken- Pis fountain, replacing the column, pool and statue. The artist sculpted a baroque interpretation of the theme of the urinating child, which has roots in ancient Greco-Roman art, where it was common to see Cupid, the god of love personified as a naked boy with or without wingsdepicted as a urinating boy. Download the legendes. Visit Exhibition
It may not be the most overwhelming torrent, but it was building up over time — to the equivalent daily water use of five Belgian households. And the future is recycling. Brussels was able to detect the anomalous overflow thanks to new electronic monitors dotted around the municipal system.
Manneken Pis has been a public fountain, a mascot and the hero of many incredible tales. He has received gifts from lords and kings and has been abducted and saved several times. There are many fables that surround his origins; some are believable, while others are downright bizarre. It was not uncommon to let children urinate on leather since the ammonia in urine helps to make the leather more supple.