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Grand Place 23-25
(Hôtel de Ville)

Le Singe du Grand Garde

The Guardhouse Monkey

17th century or earlier

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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.

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Location (N 50°27'17" - E 3°57'7")

Item Code: beha008; Photograph: 14 October 2017
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