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The little monkey of Mons

On the facade of the town hall of Mons, you can find a statue of a monkey, it is the most famous monkey in the whole country. The bronze monkey fits comfortably in your hands. According to a legend, if you stroke the animal's head, you can make a wish. Picture by Pixabay The only condition is that it has to be a modest wish, so don't go for the big money. If you succeed and the monkey is in a good mood, your wish could come true within a year. Be careful what you wish for. A long time ago, the Mons monkey was a pillory. Naughty children were tied to it as punishment.
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The city of Mons

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