• Short Summary

    THE WORLD-FAMOUS MEDIAEVAL BRONZE STATUE "MANNEKEN-PIS" WAS STOLEN LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) FROM ITS PEDESTAL NEAR THE TOWN SQUARE OF BRUSSELS.

  • Description

    THE WORLD-FAMOUS MEDIAEVAL BRONZE STATUE "MANNEKEN-PIS" WAS STOLEN LAST NIGHT (WEDNESDAY) FROM ITS PEDESTAL NEAR THE TOWN SQUARE OF BRUSSELS.IN ITS PLACE WAS LEFT A PLASTER REPRODUCTION.THE STATUE, A FOUNTAIN IN THE FORM OF A SMALL BOY, IS ONE OF THE MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE BELGIAN CAPITAL.

    WITHIN A FEW HOURS THE BRUSSELS POLICE HAD INFORMATION INDICATING THAT THE 'KIDNAPPING' HAD BEEN DONE BY THE MEMBERS OF "LES VIKINGS" STUDENTS CLUB OF ANTWERP.AFTER FRIENDLY 'NEGOTIATIONS' THE STATUTE WAS HANDED OVER, AND RETURNED TO BRUSSELS THIS AFTERNOON.THE POLICE SAID THAT NO-ONE HAD BEEN ARRESTED.

    ORIGINS OF THE "MANNEKEN-PIS" ARE SHROUDED IN MYSTERY, BUT IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE STATUETTE COMMEMORATES AN EVENT IN THE HISTORY OF BRUSSELS AS CAPITAL OF THE DUCHY OF BRABANT.A SMALL BOY - SOME SAY HE WAS THE SON OF THE DUKE OF BRABANT - BECAME LOST BUT WAS LATER FOUND AT THE ROAD SIDE WHERE THE STATUETTE NOW STANDS.

    UNDER A TRADITION BEGUN BY FRANCE'S LOUIS XV, THE MANNEKEN RECEIVES COSTUMES AND UNIFORMS FROM SOCIETIES, CORPORATIONS AND REGIMENTS AT HOME AND ABROAD.THESE NOW FILL PART OF A NEARBY MUSEUM.LOUIS XV BESTOWED ON THE MANNEKEN THE HIGHEST FRENCH ORDER OF THE 'HOLY SPIRIT', WHILE NAPOLEON AWARDED HIM THE KEY OF A CHAMBERLAIN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4QDT0RXC25ZSMTDUEIRLHMOPP
    Media URN:
    VLVA4QDT0RXC25ZSMTDUEIRLHMOPP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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