Manneken Pis, Bogense

Take a walk in the past

The Manneken Pis in Bogense is a copy of the Jerome du Quesnoy (1619) sculpture in Brussels.

In the 19th century, a baby was found on the ferry from Klakring. The chief officer held up the baby in order to find the parents. The parents did not show up, instead the lokal butcher Levinsohn took care of the baby and later on adopted the boy. This boy grew up in Bogense and became Consul Willum Foenss, a title he was honoured with after some years abroad. As he grew old, he felt a great dept of gratitude to his town, and donated the statue of Manneken Pis to honour the townspeople. He felt the boy's story resembled his own. 
On March 20th 1934, his daughter, the Baroness Rosenkrantz, unveiled the little statue of Manneken.

Back then, many people would have liked to see the little boy covered up. But today the Manneken Pis in Bogense is one of the most popular attractions in Bogense.
On special occasions, the Manneken Pis is dressed up.

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