Sunday, October 14, 2012

Icons of Brussels (part 1): The Atomium

Brussels is somewhat a schezophrenic city where many beautiful antique houses stand façade to façade to modern and not so elegant buildings, where the neoclassical royal palace gives way to the almost futuristic European quartier made up of glass and steel buildings, a city whose most iconic sites epitomize the past and the future of the city ... or at least they try to. This post is dedicated to one of those icons, the Atomium, the futuristic icon, even if the future it once intended to represent will never come. 

The Atomium was originally constructed for the World's Fair of 1958, which took place in Brussels. It is a big set of stainless steel and glass spheres shaped as a unit cell of iron crystal. Thus all speheres are connected and can be reached from some other sphere by means of an elevator or stairs. Nowadays, more than 50 years after its construction, the Atomium is a non-negligable touristic site of Brussels and thousands of visitors acome everyday, even if it's just to take a picture from afar. It is also possible to visit the inside and get the impression of being into some out of this world building or aircraft. Every sphere hosts a different theme from a 50s inspired living-room to an exposition on the Expo '58 or a retro café. 

Entrance tickets are not that cheap and the collections are probably not so worthy if you're not interested in retro sci-fi and the like, so probably that's the reason why most people just come to take some pictures and then head back to the centre of Brussels or visit the neighbouring mini-Europa park. But if you're wishing to be whisked away to another time where optimism was the norm propelled by a period of non-stop growth and people looked forward to conquering other planets and to contacting with other civilizations, then step in! And the views of Brussels from the upper spheres are also a good reason to go inside.


  1. Wow, it looks like such an interesting structure! I bet it's super interesting inside! x

    1. Thanks for your comment Jenny!
      Indeed, it was cool to be inside :)

  2. Whoa very cool structure! That would be so cool to see!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

    1. Yes! And it was really fun to take pictures of it from every posible angle!

      xoxo Irene

  3. That is so amazing! I would love to travel through the atomium. What a marvelous piece and it was constructed so very long ago. I would definitely do it if I traveled to Brussels. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Thanks for your comment Kim!
      I enjoy sharing my personal take on my trips :)
      x Irene

  4. Beautiful photos, looks like a nice place to visit! :)


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