The Atomium located in Brussels was built for the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958. Just as the name suggests, the structure actually depicts an iron crystal molecule magnified by 165 billion times. Although the monument was built as an exhibit for six months marking the atomic era, it still stands today as a major tourist attraction, symbolizing modern architecture and Brussels.The Atomium which comprises of nine steel spheres with connecting tubes was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn.
The spheres measuring 18m in diameter are accessible with the exception of three. The tubes have escalators which allow people to visit the exhibition spaces, restaurant and dormitory that are housed within the spheres. Apart from the escalators, there’s also an elevator which takes visitors to the topmost sphere. The elevator was the fastest of its kind during that period taking about 23 seconds to reach the top. The uppermost sphere which has a restaurant with a capacity of 140, provides breathtaking views of Brussels.
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