Belgium – (8) – The Restored ‘Atomium’ of Expo 1958

Expo 58, also known as the Brussels World’s Fair of 1958, (in Dutch/Flemish: Brusselse Wereldtentoonstelling; or in French:  Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles.  See more HERE), was held from 17 April to 19 October 1958.  It was the first major World’s Fair after World War II.

  •  The ‘Atomium’, one of its iconic remnants, was among my list of places to visit in Belgium at some point.  I’d seen it from the train and plane many times, but only this month finally visited it.

Representing the structure of an iron molecule, the Atomium’s spheres are connected with escalators and elevators, with a restaurant on the top, and exhibits in others.

Damn cool architectural feat, in my opinion. Glad I finally checked it out. And it made for a wonderful day with my mom, who visited the Expo 58 as a teenager back in the day.    :-)  

All Photos by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2012:

Totally worth the waiting in line to catch the elevator up!

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