Atomium welcomes 10 millionth visitor since reopening
The Atomium in Brussels on Friday welcomed its 10 millionth visitor since reopening in 2006. A milestone to be proud of, according to the monument's staff.
Saskia and Melis, two young women from Paris, were welcomed on Friday morning by the Atomium's director, Julie Almau Gonzalez, who presented them with a bouquet of flowers, champagne and a giant certificate.
"This 10 millionth visitor is proof of the enduring fascination and timeless appeal of this iconic structure," said the Atomium's management.
Tribute to scientific progress
The 102-metre-high monument was originally built as the centrepiece of Expo 58, the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels. The steel structure symbolises an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times, a tribute to scientific progress.
For the management team, 10 million visitors is more than just a number. "The monument represents the countless memories, discoveries and moments of wonder experienced by visitors from all over the world."
A place of enchantment
Originally designed to last only six months, the Atomium was closed to the public between 2004 and 2006 for a major renovation. Since reopening, it has become the most visited tourist attraction in the European capital, with more than 600,000 visitors a year.
The Atomium's management team thanked everyone who has visited since 2006 - staff and visitors alike. "From our incredible visitors who make the Atomium a place of enchantment, to our dedicated staff who bring this magic to life."
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