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Belgium Brussels Atomium
 

Above is a picture of the famous Atomium in Brussels, capital city of Belgium. This expressive monument has been built for the Expo 58, the Brussels World Fair in 1958 which was the first major World Fair after the World War II. The Atomium is 102 meters high with nine steel spheres which are connected to each other and was designed by André Waterkeyn, a Belgian engineer who was born in Wimbledon. The designer of the Atomium died in 2005 and the top sphere of the Brussels Atomium was given his name. In the top sphere one can have a panoramic view of Brussels. In normal time all the nine spheres were opened to public but since 2008 three of them are closed to the visitors. For the Expo 58 one of the ideas was to build the Eiffel tower upside down, but the Belgian engineer thought that an atomic structure would be more symbolic and it was the famous Atomium. In origin the Atomium was planned to stand only six months but the monument became very quickly a symbol of Brussels and modern architecture. For over fifty years the Atomium stayed the same. During almost two years as from October 2004 the Atomium was closed to public for renovations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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