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04/07/2018

Works Of Art in Belgium

Belgium might not be as famous for architecture as its neighbour France with the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, The Louvre, Notre-Dame de Paris Sacré Coeur... I could go on and on, nevertheless, Belgium has a huge amount of beautiful unique structures that make you stand back and soak in. 

The Atomium 

A very well-known landmark in Brussels originally constructed in 1958 for the Brussels World Fair Expo 58. 
 
The unusual structure was designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, the concept which lies between sculpture and architecture is said to represent a crystal of iron which has been magnified 165 billion times

The unique structure stands at 102 meters (335 ft) tall and 18 meters (59 ft) in diameter, consisting of 9 spheres, representing an iron crystal magnified 150 billion times, weighing 2400 tonnes. 

Six of the nine spheres are open to the public allowing you to take in the breath-taking panoramic views of Brussels. Initially the structure was not due to be kept after the Expo 58, however, due to the popularity and success it has survived and still going over 50 years later.  

The Atomium is the only one of its kind, home to a museum, restaurant, shop, conferences, private room hire, shops. This structure has really become a multi-purpose tourist attraction and one to visit if you are ever in Belgium.

Liège-Guillemins Railway Station

A train station? Yes, but not just any train station.  The Liège-Guillemins Railway Station is another extravagant piece of architecture.  In 1995 the demand for high-speed travel began to grow in Belgium, after an in-depth study it was concluded that the current rail system was outdated and not fulfilling the demands required for high-speed travel. Liege needed to be the hub for connections between Great Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands.  

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava submitted his vision and won the bid to reconstruct the new look and design the proposed monumental high-speed train station in the historic city of Liège, Belgium. 
  
      
The project commenced in 2001, with a cost of €350 million later, the high-speed railway was born; high-speed train access and departure trains, wider and longer platforms, additional track and platform access, a new signal box using the latest technology, easy access from nearby roads to the station, new residential housing and more were delivered 8 years later.

The structure stands at 32 metres high and 160 meters long, covering nine tracks and five platforms, with the roof being a major feature using glass and steel in a lace-like design. The amazing structure in 2010 won the Travel and Leisure Design Award.

Belfry of Bruges

Belfry of Bruges is truly one of Belgium’s most prominent symbols, dating back to the 13th century. The tower is situated in the centre of Bruges and like other towers of that era, it was used to house treasury and municipal archives. Due to its prime location, it also served as an observation post for spotting fires and other forms of potential danger. 

Over the years the tower itself was subjected to numerous fires once in 1280, it was reconstructed but then caught fire again in 1493 and 1741.  After the last fire, the Tower was never rebuilt, only the main halls were reconstructed and is now home to 47 bells, entertaining guests with lovely carillon music.  
 
Visitors can go to the Belfry of Bruges today and climb the 366 steps it takes to get to the top of the 83-metre-high building.  The tower is famous for leaning about a metre to the East, so if you make it to the top you are rewarded with breath-taking views of Bruges and surrounding areas. So why not take in the view with their well renowned Belgian waffles. 

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