Biggest. Molecule. Ever.
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The Atomium. This one’s right up there with atomic cars, moon bases by 1960, and computers that run the house (at least they got that one right, didn’t they?)
Remember the 1950s, when nuclear power was cool but barely understood? The Atomium was the culmination of the public’s fascination with this relatively new discovery.
Built for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels, this massive, shiny amalgamation of giant spheres and tubes symbolized a new technical age of the nuclear variety. In its infancy, nuclear power was seen as the answer to the world’s energy problems. It would even take us to the stars, so it seemed only natural to build a monument to it. As controversial as nuclear power is, one can’t deny how telling the Atomium is of a different time.
Sadly, the Atomium doesn’t seem to get much attention outside of Belgium these days. And since Belgium is a popular spot for foreign backpackers and weekend tourists alike, we couldn’t NOT feature it. The views are spectacular, even if you visit on a bitter cold, cloudy winter day like we did. Then again, how many people can say they’ve been inside–and to the top of–a giant molecule?
There’s a restaurant inside, too.