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Heysel Plateau

Neighbourhood, park and exhibition space in Brussels, Belgium / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Heysel Plateau (French: Plateau du Heysel, Dutch: Heizelplateau) or Heysel Park (French: Parc du Heysel, Dutch: Heizelpark), usually shortened to Heysel (French: [ɛzɛl]) or Heizel (Dutch: [ˈɦɛizəl] (Loudspeaker.svglisten)), is a neighbourhood, park and exhibition space in Laeken, northern Brussels, Belgium, where the Brussels International Exposition of 1935 and the 1958 Brussels World's Fair (Expo 58) took place.

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Heysel Plateau
Plateau du Heysel (French)
Heizelplateau (Dutch)
Panoramic view of the Heysel/Heizel Plateau with the Atomium in the foreground
TypeNeighbourhood, park and exhibition space
LocationLaeken, City of Brussels, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Coordinates50°54′00″N 4°20′13″E
Public transit accessHeysel/Heizel

The Atomium, a symbolic 103-metre-tall (338 ft) modernist structure, originally built for Expo 58, is the most impressive monument on the Heysel Plateau and is now considered a landmark of Brussels. Opposite it, the Centenary Palace is one of the remaining buildings of the 1935 World's Fair. It was also the venue for the 32nd Eurovision Song Contest in 1987. Currently, it is home to the Brussels Exhibition Centre (Brussels Expo), the city's most important event complex and the largest exhibition space in the Benelux.[1]

The Heysel Plateau was also the location of the Heysel Stadium, Belgium's national stadium, originally built in 1930. After the Heysel Stadium disaster of 1985, which claimed the lives of 39 spectators at the European Cup final, it was rebuilt and renamed the King Baudouin Stadium. The Bruparck entertainment park (with among others Mini-Europe miniature park and Kinepolis cinema) and the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium are also located there, as is the Palais 12/Paleis 12, a large indoor arena that hosts concerts and spectacles with a maximum capacity of 15,000 people.

This site is served by Heysel/Heizel metro station on line 6 of the Brussels Metro.