Manneken-Pis was at first a fountain that played an essential role in the former distribution of drinking water since the 15th century.
The system was well-known in all of Europe.
Towards the end of the 17th century, the statue became more and more important in the city life.
It was also a survivor of the bombardment of Brussels in 1695.
Manneken-Pis became a precious good and enjoys a ceaselessly growing glory.
During big events, we adorn him with luxurious clothes. We know that in the 18th century, Manneken-Pis was dressed at least 4 times a year. Since he lost his main function in the network of water conveyance of the City in the 19th century, Manneken-Pis gradually became an image and symbol of the Brussels folklore, the joy of the inhabitants and their capacity of self-mockery.
Last costume of Manneken Pis:
Manneken Pis, as we know, the most faithful living and oldest citizen of Brussels
For the Manneken Pis, the homeland is the corner of the Incubator and Oak Street in Brussels.
It was Burgundian under the Dukes of Burgundy; German U Maximilian; Spanish under Charles V; beggars under the conditions; Austria under Maria Theresa; Republican in 1794; French under Napoleon; Almost Dutch under William; Belgian under Leopold; and we never saw him happier than today.
In traditional dress, chic attire or sportswear, its wardrobe is constantly expanding.
Here we find an overview of the costumes recently worn by MannekenPis.