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World Landmarks Light Up In Belgium Colors In Global Show Of Solidarity

Iconic landmarks all over the world turned red, yellow and black.

Worldwide sympathy for Brussels shone bright on Tuesday night.

Countries such as France, Mexico, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates and many others showed their support by projecting Belgium’s national colors of black, yellow and red upon iconic landmarks.

The act was a global show of solidarity following the terrorist attacks in Brussels that killed more than 30 people and injured about 260 others.

Colors of the Belgian flag were projected on to (from top L): The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the
Colors of the Belgian flag were projected on to (from top L): The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the town council building in Belgrade, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Royal Palace at Dam Square in Amsterdam and Rome's Campidoglio.  

Some of the European monuments that were lighted included the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, Piazza del Campidoglio and the Trevi Fountain in Rome, the Palace of Culture and Science in Poland and Nagyerdei Stadion in Hungary. The European Commission headquarters in Brussels also paid tribute to victims by projecting the flag onto its building.

Outside of Europe, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, the monument of Los Arcos in Guadalajara, Mexico, the Christ the Redeemer statue in Sao Paulo and the Sky Tower in New Zealand also boasted Belgium’s colors.

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is illuminated in colors of the Belgian flag in tribute to victims of the Brussel
Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building, is illuminated in colors of the Belgian flag in tribute to victims of the Brussels terror attacks.

Stateside, New York City showed its fair share of care. City Hall glowed with Belgium’s colors, while the Empire State Building took a different approach and remained dark as a show of sympathy.

Empire State Building's Top Deck is seen after its lights were turned off to pay respect to Belgium after Brussels Terror att
Empire State Building's Top Deck is seen after its lights were turned off to pay respect to Belgium after Brussels Terror attacks.

The spire of New York’s One World Trade Center experienced a small technical difficulty, causing it to appear blue and white instead of black and yellow, for a period on Tuesday night. NBC reported that a Port Authority spokesperson said the spire was lit at 10 percent white, which was supposed to darken the structure sufficiently so it appeared black. The lighting was later corrected so  black, yellow and red were visible, according to the spokesperson.

The worldwide sentiment on Tuesday night was perhaps best summed up in a simple tweet from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (and translated by the New York Times):

“We are one with our southern neighbors in mourning and grief, but also in determination.”

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