The distinctive statue has been described as the Eiffel Tower of
Brussels and tourists throng the streets in search of the tiny
urinating urchin. The bronze Mannekin is thought to represent the
'irreverent spirit' of Brussels, but there are numerous tales about
its beginnings. Started by Louis XV of France many years ago, it
has been the custom of foreign countries, companies, visiting
dignitaries or charities to donate an outfit to the Mannekis-Pis
and the little boy is usually decked out in the latest costume;
previous costumes are displayed in the City of Brussels Museum.
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