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The Atomium is a steel construction, located in the Heysel Park in Brussels. It consists of 9 spheres, representing an iron crystal magnified 150 billion times.

The Atomium was built for the World's Fair in Brussels in 1958. Designed by the architect André Waterkeyn, it was originally meant to last only 6 months.

The monument has a total height of 103 meters. The spheres, which have a diameter of 18 meters, are connected by escalators. In the upper sphere there's a panoramic view of the city of Brussels, and in the other spheres there are several exhibitions.

Much-needed renovation work starts in 2003.

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