The Atomium - Brussels, Belgium
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Ariberna
N 50° 53.694 E 004° 20.466
31U E 594315 N 5638994
Quick Description: Climb inside an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times its normal size.
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Date Posted: 9/4/2021 5:45:49 AM
Waymark Code: WM14WZX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ScroogieII
Views: 3

Long Description:
"IN 1958 THE ATOMIUM WAS built for the Brussels World’s Fair and never intended to be a permanent part of the Brussels landscape, but like the Eiffel tower for the French, once the fair was over the Belgians wanted to keep the giant structure.

Essentially the Atomium is a 335-foot-tall giant iron crystal, replicated in shiny steel. It is formed by nine spheres arranged in the the shape that iron atoms take in their delta and alpha allotropes. (In iron’s gamma allotrope, there are extra atoms at the center of each face of the cube.) The Atomium is magnified 165 billion times the normal size of an iron crystal.

Designed by André Waterkeyn (the director of a federation of metallurgical companies and not a sculptor by trade), one of the original ideas had been to build an upside down version of the Eiffel Tower, but in keeping with a 1950s atomic age theme, they built the Atomium.

The Atomium was recently renovated and all but three of the steel spheres are available to enter and contain everything from an exhibition space, to a restaurant, to a place for Belgian school kids to have sleepovers.

Nearby the Atomium is Mini-Europe, a theme park featuring miniature replicas of European monuments."

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Senior [=65]: €14
Adult [18-64]: €16
Child [>115cm-17]: €8,50
Child [=115cm]: €0
Student [with card]: €8,50
Person with a disability: €8,50

From 10h to 18 h
Pl. de l'Atomium 1, 1020 Bruxelles, Bélgica

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