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July 21th: Belgian Independence Day

Today in Belgium we celebrate our Fête nationale, Nationale Feestdag, or Independence Day.

It was on 21 July 1831 Leopold of Saxe-Coburg swore allegiance to the Belgian constitution in the Sint Jacobs Church on the Coudenberg in Central Brussels.

Leopold I thus became the first king of the Belgians. The great powers at that time recognised the Belgian independence and so our little country was born.

Happy Birthday Belgium!!! (Hetalia -character: source art: )
Maybe inspiration for a custom Blythe???  😉

What to see in Brussels: the Atomium

We are going to share each week, something to see, visit and enjoy in Brussels and Belgium ; this week The Atomium.
Futuristic & Universal since I958
A seminal totem in the Brussels skyline; neither tower, nor pyramid, a little bit cubic, a little bit spherical, half-way between sculpture and architecture, a relic of the past with a determinedly futuristic look, museum and exhibition centre; the Atomium is, at once, an object, a place, a space, a Utopia and the only symbol of its kind in the world, which eludes any kind of classification.
The Atomium was the main pavilion and icon of the World Fair of Brussels (1958), commonly called Expo 58. It symbolised the democratic will to maintain peace among all the nations, faith in progress, both technical and scientific and, finally, an optimistic vision of the future of a modern, new, super-technological world for a better life for mankind.
The peaceful use of atomic energy for scientific purposes embodied these themes particularly well and, so, that is what determined the shape of the edifice. At 102 metres high, with its nine interconnected spheres, it represents an elementary iron crystal enlarged 165 billion (thousand million) times. It was dreamed up by the engineer André Waterkeyn (1917-2005). The spheres, though, were fitted out by the architects André and Jean Polak.
for more information please visit the Atomium website
The Atomium in 1958 for the World Expo: