A decorative fountain

In 1851, Manneken-Pis became a purely decorative fountain. Its water now flowed into a blue stone basin, made inaccessible by new wrought-iron railing in imitation of the Rococo style. Brussels was one of the first European capitals to offer a water-distribution system that delivered water into residents’ homes. As a result, public fountains were deprived of their "raison d’être", and most were demolished. But because of its renown, Manneken-Pis did not meet the same fate.