Belgium is a beautiful and rich country with a thriving economy that makes many people admire the life of this country's citizens. In the capital of Brussels, Belgium, there is a famous 61-cm bronze statue depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain's basin. This is the work of master sculptor François Duquesnoy completed in 1619. But in 1817, it was replaced with bronze.
Belgians consider this symbol a national treasure. Related to this urinating boy there is a historical story that the Belgians consider the boy to be a national hero.
Belgium (dark blue) in the middle of Europe
In the 14th century, relations between Belgium and Spain were not good. Spain was then a powerful country in Europe, bordering France. Belgium also has a border with France, but because of their bad relationship with Spain, Belgium often combines with France to confront Spain.
In 1367, Spain sent more than 5,000 navy and army soldiers to attack Belgium, then sent more than 20,000 soldiers to Belgium.
In just 2 short months, Spain has occupied the entire territory of Belgium including the Belgian capital, Brussels. Belgium was forced to sign a treaty of surrender to Spain and within 40 years was not allowed to ally with France, meeting this condition Spain would withdraw their troops from Belgium.
After several months of negotiations, Spain finally withdrew their troops from May 1368. But the moment Spain withdrew their troops from Brussels, they resurfaced with bad intentions, which was to use explosives to destroy Brussels. Spanish soldiers disguised themselves as Belgians and secretly buried tens of thousands of tons of explosives in many parts of Brussels. All of these explosives eventually led to a detonator. After that, the Spanish army almost withdrew from Brussels, leaving only a few volunteer soldiers to "sacrifice" to light the explosives.
When the wire to ignite the explosion was connected, suddenly out of nowhere, a boy ran past, leisurely peeing on the slow burning line of the explosive. Immediately, the explosive is wet and cannot be ignited.
Later, the Belgian army discovered, held the boy up high and the people of Brussels all praised the boy for saving the whole city of Brussels, even the whole of Belgium. Why did they said that the boy saved Belgium....???
Because, at that time, Belgium was extremely small, moreover, it was not a fully sovereign state, still under the control of France. At that time, the whole country of Belgium had more than 1,000,000 people, the population of Brussels was 200,000 people, if Brussels was destroyed, the whole of Belgium would collapse.
In 1619, the great Belgian sculptor Jérome Duquesnoy created this bronze statue of this boy with his own hands. This boy's name is Julien Dillens. Many people, after hearing the story of this boy, feel that this is a fairy tale. But actually not so, this is a true story in history!
The records of Belgium and Spain both record this piece of history. Both countries chronicle Spain's invasion of Belgium, its withdrawal, and the boy's detonation of the detonator. Records in these two countries match.
This boy received clothes from people all over the world every year. Therefore, the boy was also known as "The boy with the most clothes in the world."
The image of “this boy peeing" is not only famous in Belgium but also appears in many parts of the world. Unexpectedly, behind the small statue that seemed to be only serving "entertainment" activities, there was such a huge historical event hidden......!
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English: Hieu Thuan (D2K9)