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Mannekin Pis, Brussels

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The symbol of Brussels and a must-see on any student group trips to the city, this little bronze chap is 58cm tall and was installed originally in 1619.

There are a number of different legends about who the boy represents. However, the most famous legend claims that the statuette depicts a young boy who saved Brussels from disaster. The enemy was at the gates ready to bring down the city walls with gunpowder. Fortunately, a little boy who happened to be around desperately needed to relieve himself and in doing so he extinguished the fuse.

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