There's nothing quite like this cluster of giant spheres representing the atomic structure of an iron crystal enlarged 165 billion times, rising 102m (335 ft.) like a giant plaything of the gods that's fallen to earth. The model was constructed for the 1958 World's Fair. Whatever you think of its founding impulse, it's a fair bet that when you stand underneath this vast schematic you'll be suitably impressed. There may be something last-century about this paean of praise to the wonders of science and technology, but the Atomium has somehow moved beyond this, taking on a monumental life of its own. The view from the deck on the top sphere is marvelous, and you can even wander around inside the spheres.
Bd. du Centenaire, Heysel (at Bruparck), Brussels, Belgium
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am-6pm Transportation Métro: Heysel Phone 02/475-47-77 Prices Admission 15€ adults, 13€ seniors, 8€ students over 4 feet tall (free to those under that height). Combo tickets with Mini Europe also available. Web site Atomium
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