Greetings from Bruxelles (Day 2)*
*A euro short and a week late.
**A Les Marolles Flea Market find.
***The Manneken Pis, the most famous sculpture in Belgium, was designed by Hiëronymus Duquesnoy the Elder and placed in its current location in 1618 or 1619. Apparently there is also a peeing girl (Jeanneke Pis, 1985). This lesser known sculpture is the work of Denis Adrien Debouvrie. She can be found here: Impasse de la Fidélité 12, 1000 City of Brussels, Belgium (I’m told she is not accessible to those in wheelchairs.)
****The Archangel Michael is the patron saint of Bruxelles. Here, he is the central figure above the central arch of the Hotel de Ville. He is flanked by Saint Christophe, on the left, and Saint Georges, on the right. Saint Michael and the other sculptures are 19th century reproductions, the originals are across the square (Grand Place) in the “King’s House”. The foundation stone for the Town Hall was laid in 1401 and the present tower was completed around 1455.
*****Pax and Prudentia, according to my host these sculptures are known to cause tittering in young boys when viewed from a certain angle. And speaking of naughty pleasures, Maison Dandoy, is only a few blocks from the Grand Place and is well worth a visit for those with a sweet tooth.