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Atomium was designed for the 1958 International Exhibition of Brussels. It looks so modern I was surprised to learn its date of construction. A lift takes you to the top of the 9 spheres at a rate of 5m per second and was the fastest lift of its time. Indeed, the fastest lifts today do not go much faster. We were told 7m per second by the guide). As well as a viewing deck, there is also a restaurant at the top.

The large spheres are joined by tubes which contain escalators/stairs for access. The spheres have a diameter of 18 metres and the structure stands a height of 102 metres.

The Atomium was not intended to survive the Exhibition but its popularity and success ensured its place as a major landmark on the Brussels skyline.

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