Brussels is the charming capital city of Belgium with lots to offers ranging from world-class architecture buildings, monuments, and museums to wonderful cafes, restaurants, hotels, great shopping areas and vibrant nightlife. Brussels is fully packed with plenty of tourist places.
The Manneken Pis fountain is one of the favorite tourist destinations in Brussels. It is situated in the centre of Brussels city and attracts millions of visitors across the world. You will find a small bronze sculpture of a naked child. The statue of naked boy is decorated throughout the year. The statue of Manneken Pis is become the religious symbol in this charming city. Whenever the costume of the naked child is changed, you will see the grand ceremony after it, which include a speech and performance by the brass band.
There is different opinion about the history of the charming statue. It is said that there are several legends from where such an unusual fountain was inspired. There is one story regarding renowned legend named Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. It is said that he was only two year old during the battle of Berthouts. According to this story, the Duke was kept in a basket and than hung in a tree so that the soldiers could see the Duke and be encouraged to fight the war.
There is another famous story about the Manneken Pis fountain history. According to this story, the wonderful city of Brussels was attacked by great foreign power. The enemy had planned to destroy the city with explosive. A Little boy of the charming city came to know about the terrible plan of enemy. He followed the enemy group who was going to light the fuse of explosive. When the enemy group had lit the fuse and left the place, that little child ran up and urinated on the fuse thus saving the million citizen of this wonderful city.
No one knows about the true history behind the Manneken Pis fountain. It was built around 15th century. The great sculptor Jerome Duqesnoy created the Bronze version of this wonderful fountain.
If you are traveling to Brussels for short breaks then don't miss to visit to this faboulous place. You can easily reached to the capital city by hoping on the high-speed Eurostar London Brussels train from London's St Pancras International train station to Brussels Midi station. Eurostar is a high-speed passenger connecting the people of UK to mainland Europe. It will hardly take 1hr 51min to reach this wonderful city.
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