Since ancient times, the lands of Turkey have been a cradle of civilisations that have influenced Europe and Asia. Historical remains found in this country and, in particular, in the Alacahöyük area have proven the various civilisations of Anatolia (now Turkey) to have a history beginning as early as 7000 BC.
Turkey has also played throughout the ages a role as a material and moral bridge between the East and the West. Silk from China and spices from India passed through Anatolia to reach Europe and the exchange of culture between the two continents was made through these lands.
At that time, for the first time in history, Turkey was in contact with the East and the West physically with a bridge over the Bosphorus. A photo of this bridge, as a symbol of this connection, was displayed in the pavilion.
Today, the Republic of Turkey, founded by Kemal Atatürk on these historic lands, strives to make its contribution to the civilisations of Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Turkey's exhibits were housed in a joint pavilion with its partners in Regional Development Cooperation, Iran and Pakistan, and known as the RCD Pavilion.
The Turkish pavilion displays included photographs of fresco paintings from the Neolithic period (7000-5000 BC) and an enlarged reproduction of the "Peace Treaty of Kadesh" signed in the 13th century BC between the Hittite kingdom and Ramses II of Egypt, the first known international treaty in the world.
The Turkish pavilion also had, as an added attraction, a café where world-renowned Turkish coffee was served. The Turkish and RCD pavilions were located immediately east of the Plaza Saturday, in the northwestern sector of the expo.