Grand Place 23-25
(Hôtel de Ville)
Le Singe du Grand Garde
The Guardhouse Monkey
17th century or earlier
Small sitting monkey of cast iron in the wall of the Town Hall. According to the legend, rubbing the monkey's head with your left hand will provide good luck and possibly even grant wishes. This custom is so prevalent that the metal on the Guardhouse Monkey's head has been polished to a shine over centuries of passersby looking to make a wish on something more reliable than just a monkey's paw.
Sources & Information
- Sculpture Publique en Belgique, Mons.
- Ville de Mons, Patrimoine civil.
- vzw Statua, Standbeelden.be (site doesn't exist anymore).
Location (N 50°27'17" - E 3°57'7")
Item Code: beha008; Photograph: 14 October 2017
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