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Iraq - Expo Paris 1937

Iraq at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1937
© H. Chipault
Architect(s) : A. Laprade et L. E. Bazin

The Iraq Pavilion revived what was once one of the seven wonders of the world: the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. From the gate, guarded by two winged lions, you entered the hall of honour, in the centre of which you could see a model of Babylon established according to reliable scientific data; in the patio that followed, a statue of Charlemagne reminded you that it was to this emperor that the first watch, a masterpiece of technology, was invented in Iraq.

In the stands were presented the products of the country: cereals, dates, honey, almonds, tobacco, famous wines of Mosul, astrakhan and wool.

On the first floor, the oil and industrial wealth was highlighted.

On the other floors, dioramas depicted the great works carried out since Iraq became independent.

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