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Location: Brussels, Belgium

Date: 1958

Architect: André Waterkeyn

Purpose: monument built for Expo ‘58

Rating: (384 votes, average: 3.65 out of 5)

More info: One of the original ideas for Expo ‘58 was to build an upside-down version of the Eiffel tower, however, Waterkeyn felt that an atomic structure would be more symbolic of the era. The monument was originally planned to remain standing only six months. However, it soon became a symbol not only of the World’s Fair, but of modern architecture and Brussels. The monument stayed the same for almost 50 years.

(Image credits: 1: Uccio2, 2: Bill M, 3: vcastelo)

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4 Responses to “Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)”

  1. illLion
    4 February 2010 at 7:53 pm #

    Does this have a nice resturaunt within?
    - If so, it would be worthy of a visit.

  2. Jay
    6 February 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I can remember walking through this during the 1958 Expo when we were on holiday in Europe

  3. klecio
    8 March 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Kingdom of Belgium and all the beautiful
    mainly Atomium
    and very beautiful
    saudade

  4. LALIT JAIN
    1 October 2010 at 3:55 pm #

    BUITY WILL NEVER HIDDEN IT IS ALWAYS IN THE NATURE,

    THIS PICTURE IS SO AMEZING, AND ALSO THIS PIC IS REALLY TOUCH MY HEART,

    REGARD,
    LALIT S. JAIN / KANTI CHOUDHARY / INDIA