The architecture of the Moroccan pavilion is reminiscent of the Islamic style as it developed in this North African country. The woodwork and plasterwork on the ceiling are beautifully carved, as are the elegant arcades with their exceptionally fine interlacing. As for the floor, it is covered with polychrome mosaics very particular to Moroccan art. In the centre of the pavilion, under a dome, dioramas represent the imperial city of Meknes and the large southern town of Tinghir. To complete the illusion of being on Islamic soil, the pavilion is flanked by a slender minaret, 65 feet high, also built in the Cherifian-Arabic style.
An infinite variety of exhibits tell the story of Morocco, divided into two distinct stages: the first from ancient times to independence (1956) and the second from independence to the present. The first stage focuses on Morocco's contribution to the common universal heritage, while the second stage presents modern Moroccan achievements.
In the showcases, one can admire a Phoenician sphynx, a Neolithic vase, a Punic lamp, a Bac chu, a Berber head, etc. Elsewhere are displayed ancient coins, jewellery, daggers, ceramics, wrought iron and carpets.
There are illustrations of Casablanca, the great port of Africa, and of the new Agadir. The progress made in education, public hygiene, industry and agriculture can be seen.
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