During our recent daytrip to the centre of
When the mutilated body was found by the citizens of
According to the same legend, caressing the arm of ‘t Serclaes’ statue under the arcades of the ‘Maison de l’Etoile’ in the ‘rue Buls’ will bring you luck. Like all passers-by, tourists and locals, I’ve stroked the bronze arm on many previous occasions … and I couldn’t keep myself from doing it again last Friday. Does it work? I don’t know, but it keeps the little doggy, the body and the angel’s face watching over the dead man very shiny indeed.
The main tourist attraction, however, is Manneken Pis. It’s a 2 ft statue of a nude boy relieving his bladder. There are several stories about why and how this little fellow became so famous. They all go back to the 15-16th century when
Another legend claims that the little boy was caught relieving his bladder against the house of a witch, who promptly put a curse on him, making him pee continuously for the rest of his live. A sculptor, who saw what happened, felt sorry for the boy and made a statue that looked just like him. As soon as the statue was ready he went looking for the boy. When he found him on a street corner, relieving himself in a fountain, he pulled him away from the water and put the statue in his place, thus breaking the curse.