Every European city has a monument that is a symbol of the city; Paris with its Eiffel Tower, Rome has its Colosseum and Brussels has…the Atomium.
Constructed in 1958 for the World Expo, the Atomium stands 102m (335ft) high and it forms the shape a iron crystal atom magnified 165 billion times. The nine spheres measure 9m (18ft) in diameter and are made of stainless steel along with the tubes connecting them that form the edges of a cube. The tubes contain lifts that give access exhibition rooms with the top one giving a panoramic view over Brussels.
CNN labelled the Atomium – Europe’s most bizarre building.