Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Atomium - Brussels

Created for the 1958 World's Fair, the Atomium is a symbol of the atom concept. It represents an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. As with most of the pavillions, it was never intended to stay longer than the duration of the fair. Nevertheless, The Atomium remained by popular demand, underwent major renovation in 2005-2006, turned 50 last year, and has long been regarded a major symbol of Brussels and Belgium.

The World’s Fair was held from April to October 1958 and hosted more than 42 million visitors. It was the first major world exposition after WWII; the previous world’s fair had been held in New York in 1939, when German troops were invading Poland.

The World’s Fair, more commonly called Expo 58, was certainly one of the most representative international events of the fifties. It symbolized a democratic desire for peace between nations, faith in technical progress (despite fears about the atom bomb) and optimism about the future of a modern world that promised to enhance people’s lives.

The appropriately named DEATH RIDE allows the brave to zip-line down from the top.

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