Manneke Pis is considered as the mascot of Brussels. There are many legends regarding this little boy. Here are the most common ones:

  1. A young boy was awoken by a fire. In order to save the city, he put out the fire by urinating on it.
  2. Another legend tells about when the city was under siege by a foreign power. The attackers conceived a plan to place explosives at the city walls. A little boy happened to be spying on them. He urinated on the burning fuse and saved the city.
  3. Another story tells of a young boy who saved the city from floods. A dam was protecting the city but as the little boy came by, he noticed a hole in the dam. He blocked the hole by putting his private part into the hole and thus the city was saved.

 


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