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The Brussels Atomium, together with the Manneken-Pis, is one of the city’s most recognisable symbols. It was constructed for the 1958 World Fair, designed by the architect André Waterkeyn, and so liked by the people of Brussels that they decided to keep it. The artist wanted to display Belgian industrial capacity in the post-war period by means of this giant iron molecule. The Atomium has a height of 102 metres and is, to be precise, a 1 to 165 billion enlargement of a real molecule. 

It is currently also a small science museum. Indeed, each of its nine spheres comprises two exhibition floors that are linked to the other by tubes that connect the spaces with escalators. 

You will also find a lift that takes visitors from the ground floor to the top sphere in 23 seconds. Once there, you can enjoy fantastic views. If you notice the building shake, there is no need to be concerned. This occurs because it is built in such a way that its structure sways when the wind hits it as otherwise it would split.  

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