I’m not quite sure what it is about the Belgians. Their famous statue, Mannekin Pis, has been making schoolboys snigger since the seventeenth century.

Did you know, by the way, that the one you see there today peeing away happily isn’t the original? The original, being one of the most famous landmarks of the city, has been stolen a few times so the one we see there today is a 1965 replica,

The original is now far too precious to have out on the street at the mercy of all and sundry so it’s now on display in the city museum.

However in the mid nineteen eighties Denis Adrien Debouvrie, who lived in the neighbourhood, had the idea of creating a ‘sister’ for the famous peeing boy. You can see her, Jeanneke Pis, in the image above.

Not content with children, in 1995 a sculptor created the Het Zinneke, as you can see in the photograph below.

In 2015 the dog was hit by a car and had to be restored and repaired by the sculptor.


Jeanneke Pis

Getrouwheidsgang 10,
1000 Brussel,

Mannekin Pis

Rue du Chêne & Rue de l’Etuve,
1000 Bruxelles,

Het Zinneke

Kartuizersstraat 35,
1000 Brussel,




JJ is originally from the UK and has lived in South Florida since 1994. She is the founder and editor of JAQUO Magazine. You can connect with her using the social media icons below.

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