Demolition of the Brussels World Fair buildings continues, Dec 29. Where once rose magnificent pavilions?
Demolition of the Brussels World Fair buildings continues, Dec 29. Where once rose magnificent pavilions an the period piece, 'Belgique Triste'.
By law the majority of Fair pavilions and halls must be removed and Heysel Park restored to its former state. One of the remaining structures, which is on a ten year lease in the park, is the great Atomium. Silhouetted against the grey Brussels World Fair. The 'Pavillon d'Accueil' is in ruins, as if a bomb had hit it.
Many of the pavilions have returned to their countries of origin, while other, such as the British and Industrial, are to be sold. The tavern -- a replica of a British country public house -- was purchased by a couple to be converted into a house. The USA pavilion was offered as a gift to Belgium and various items from the Russia''stand' were given to charitable organisations.
The Planetarium, with adjacent buildings, will also stay and will be used as a scientific exhibition centre.