jeudi 19 mars 2015

History - Greek pavilion at the 1964 New York World's Fair

Greece, proud of its modernity and its antiquity alike, celebrates both in this pavilion.
The long front of the building reflects the nation's classical heritage.

Wide steps lead up to a vast pedimented doorway, above which men and chariots parade in a frieze 120 feet long.

Inside, the visitor finds evidence of the modern nations accomplishments.

Large photo-murals give a view of the Athens of today as seen through the pillars of the Parthenon.

Other displays reflect the nation's industrial development, agricultural progress and contemporary sculpture and ceramics.
Several shops sell Greek products, and there is a restaurant.
In the exhibit hall are depicted early Greece's innumerable contributions to civilization.
Maps of the Mediterranean area and the Middle East detail the nation's commerce, explorations and ancient colonies, as well as the spread of its Greek language.
The great Greeks who helped to formulate Western thought are shown in portraiture. 

By day the Taverna offers not only its regular food servoce but also box lunches which may be eaten on a terrace adjacent to the pavilion.
By night, the terrace becomes an outdoor extension of the restaurant; while patrons dine on Greek food, wandering minstrels strum and sing.

Replicas of museum pieces are for sale, as are honey, rugs, etc.

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