The Grand Place and Manneken Pis

Considered as the most important tourist destination and the most famous landmark in Brussels, the Grand Place‘s architectural design dates back to the Brabantine Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

Also called "Grote Markt" in Dutch, this Brussels' central town square is surrounded by other Belgium monuments as the Houses of the Guilds (or Guildhalls), the Town Hall and the King's House and it attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site measures about 68 by 110 meters and it features buildings, emblematic municipal and ducal powers and old houses of corporations.

Dated from the 14th to 17th century the Grand Place is also home of the Flower Carpet, a bi-annual event that consists on the creation of a colorful carpet using more 700,000 cut begonias.

Near the Grand Place you can also find the world-famous Manneken Pis on the corner of Rue de L'Etuve (Stoofstraat) and the Rue du Chêne (Eikstraat).

Manneken Pis is a statue of the small peeing boy and a worldwide well know emblem of Brussels.

Several legends dating back to the wartime are taught about the origins of Manneken Pis however, nowadays this Manneken is also famous for his wardrobe, with some 725 costumes used for various occasions, from Christmas and local festivals to sports events. The costumes are kept in the King's House on the Grand Place.

 

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