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Place: Brussels Belgium - Manneken Pis

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You may not know where Brussels is, but you must recognize this famous statue.  Manneken Pis (Dutch for little man urinating) is a famous Brussels landmark.  It is a small bronze fountian sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin.  It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy & put in place in 1618.  For most of the famous landmark, there must be a legend behing it.  The the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven.  In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts in Ransbeke. The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle.  Because of its famous, the statue had been stolen for several time.  It has been gate fenced, but you can still watch the statue clearly above the fence.  The statue is dressed in costume several times each week.  You can find the schedule on the railings around the fountain.  His wardrobe consists of several hundred different costumes.  You can view those costumes in a permanent exhibition inside the City Museum.  Around the statue, you can find a lot of famous Belgian chocolatier nearby & take a 1:1 chocolate statue back home if you like.

bl268, 2010-01-17 13:05:29
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