Lebanon Pavilion

Lebanon's pavilion consisted of a succession of cube-like structures grouped around an enclosed court. They were meant to resemble the arrangement of houses in Lebanon's tiny villages that dotted the mountain slopes where the cedars grow. Rooms within the cubes traced the evolution of the alphabet which originated with the Phoenicians, and showed the priceless relics of the nation's past. There were archeological finds uncovered in three ancient cities of ancient Lebanon; Byblos, Baal and Sidon, the later one of the great seaports of ancient Phoenicia.

Displays in the largest room of the pavilion depicted modern Lebanon's progress in public works and industry. In addition, a striking Plexiglas map, showed the location of Lebanese settlements in other lands from 1000 B.C. to the present, was superimposed on a 48 foot long photomontage of statuettes from antiquity. Also on exhibit was a replica of an outstanding example of Arabic architecture; a room from the 18th century palace of Emir Bechir Shehab.

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