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The Manneken Pis, a landmark of Brussels, on the corner of Rue de l'Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat. 
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The Manneken Pis, a landmark of Brussels, on the corner of Rue de l'Étuve/Stoofstraat and Rue du Chêne/Eikstraat.

"The 61 cm tall bronze statue was made in 1619 by Brussels sculptor Hieronimus Duquesnoy. The figure has been repeatedly stolen; the current statue is a copy from 1965. The original is kept at the Maison du Roi/Broodhuis on the Grand Place.

There are several legends behind this statue, but the most famous is the one about Duke Godfrey III of Leuven. In 1142, the troops of this two-year-old lord were battling against the troops of the Berthouts, the lords of Grimbergen, in Ransbeke (now Neder-over-Heembeek). The troops put the infant lord in a basket and hung the basket in a tree to encourage them. From there, the boy urinated on the troops of the Berthouts, who eventually lost the battle. [...]

The statue is dressed in costume several times each week, according to a published schedule which is posted on the railings around the fountain. His wardrobe consists of several hundred different costumes, many of which may be viewed in a permanent exhibition inside the City Museum, located in the Grand Place, immediately opposite the Town Hall. The costumes are managed by the non-profit association The Friends of Manneken-Pis, who review hundreds of designs submitted each year, and select a small number to be produced and used." (Text from Wikipedia).

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Rainy night in June in the Brussels' Grand Place. 
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Rainy night in June in the Brussels' Grand Place.
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A night view of Brussels from the Mont des Arts hill. 
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A night view of Brussels from the Mont des Arts hill.

"The area of the Kunstberg/Mont des Arts used to be a densely populated district, the Sint-Rochuswijk/Quartier Saint Roches. By the end of the 19th century, King Leopold II had the idea to convert the hill into a Mont des Arts and bought the whole neighbourhood. After demolishing the old buildings, the site was turning into an ugly urban void because the Mont des Arts project did not find enough financial resources. To give the neighbourhood, situated between the Royal Palace and the Grand Place, a better look during the Universal Exposition held in Brussels in 1910, the king ordered the landscape architect Pierre Vacherot to design a 'temporary' garden on the hill. It featured a park and a monumental staircase with cascading fountains descending the gentle slope from Place Royale down to Boulevard de l'Empereur/Keizerslaan.

Although the garden was conceived as temporary, it did became a well appreciated green area in the heart of the capital. But when the plans for the Mont des Arts came back by the end of the 1930's, this park had to be demolished to create a new square as the centre of the urban renewal project. Between 1956 and 1958 the park and its surroundings gave way to massive, severely geometric neoclassical structures such as the Royal Library of Belgium and the Congress Palace. The new geometric garden on the square was designed by landscape architect René Péchere.

The Mont des Arts offers one of Brussels’ finest views. From the vantage point on a hill, the famous tower of the Brussels Town Hall at the Grand Place is clearly visible. On a sunny day, the Koekelberg Basilica and even the Atomium can be seen.

Major tourist attractions are located within walking distance from the Kunstberg: the Musical Instrument Museum, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, the Royal Palace, and the city’s cathedral." (Text from Wikipedia).

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A night view of Brussels from the Mont des Arts hill. 
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A night view of Brussels from the Mont des Arts hill.
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