Greece Pavilion

Greece's long rectangular building reflected its classical heritage. Wide steps lead up to a vast pedimented doorway, above which men and chariots paraded in a frieze 120 feet long.

In its exhibit hall Greece's innumerable contributions to civilization were depicted. Maps of the Mediterranean area and the Middle East detailed the nation's commerce, explorations and ancient colonies, as well as the spread of the Greek language. The great Greeks who helped to formulate Western thought were shown in portraiture. Large photo murals showed modern Athens as seen through the pillars of the Parthenon. Other displays reflected the nation's contemporary sculpture and ceramics.

By day the Hermis Restaurant offered Middle Eastern cookery which could be eaten on a terrace adjacent to the pavilion. By night, the terrace became an outdoor extension of the restaurant, while patrons dined on Greek food under the stars, while wandering minstrels entertained.

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