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The Atomium is the landmark of Brussels. It was constructed for the EXPO 58 and was originally provided with an aluminum outer skin. In 2004 the outer skin was replaced by high-grade steel. Since then, the Atomium glooms in new splendor.
The Atomium represents an iron crystal structure of 9 atoms and is symbolic of the peaceful use of the nuclear energy.
Even if the use of the nuclear energy is generally questioned today because of the after-subsequent costs and because of the risk, the Atomium still represents a highly interesting architecture and is beautiful to look at.
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An elevator in the inner tube leads to the topmost sphere, from where we can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over Brussels.
From here, you have to go back to the ground floor and via escalators and staircases to further spheres.
A fascinating light show is partly offered in the escalators just like in a mezzanine floor. It is left to the imagination of the observer whether he imagines himself in a spaceship or whether he is exposed as an electron to the forces of the universe.
In a further mezzanine you see a small exhibition with items from the 1958.
In a separate building opposite the entrance is the cashier and a coffee shop.
See also: Highliners or the Fight with the Atom