Picture of the moment: Atomium, Brussels.
Picture of the moment is a weekly series exhibiting pictures, through which I show you a bit of my world.
Enough of South-East Asia. For this week’s moment, let us go to Europe.
The Atomium has to be one of the most unusual structures in the world. Situated on the northern outskirts of Brussels, it symbolizes a crystallized molecule of iron by the scale of its atoms, magnified 150 thousand million times !!
The Automium, Brussels.
The construction was designed for the International Exhibition of Brussels held in 1958. It was not intended to survive the Exhibition. However, its popularity made it not only to survive but it also became one of the major landmarks of the city.
The height of the structure is 102 meters and it stands on three enormous bipods. There are escalators and elevators installed inside these tubes, one of the longest in Europe. It takes just 23 seconds to get to the top sphere which has a restaurant with the capacity of 140 persons. Before you ask me, no I didn’t go up there.
When, in March 2004 renovation started, one of the jobs was to replace the faded aluminum sheets on the balls with stainless steel. The pieces of the old aluminum were sold as souvenirs to help to finance the renovation. Isn’t it a great idea to raise the fund?
The Atomium was reopened after 2 years. These days they hold different exhibitions in the Atomium. It is opened daily from 10 am to 6 pm.