© Philippe Lemaire
The walls and floor of the pavilion in Tanzania, a republic in East Africa, will immediately amaze the visitor. Water is at the centre of a binomial formed by trade and power, which has a historical transcendence for this republic. The main theme chosen for the Zaragoza Expo is devoted to the island of Zanzibar and Kilwa and its medieval port (World Heritage Site). The control of commercial relations between East and South Africa and India and China between the 9th and 19th centuries and the current situation are the main theme of the exhibition offered by Tanzania. The secondary theme is the Serengeti. A map of Tanzania (with the capital Zanzibar and Kilwa in relief) covers half of the pavilion (walls and floor). The visitor can walk on it but also 'sail' on a deep blue sea. A reproduction of a Dhow boat will mark the entrance to the pavilion. The routes traced on the ocean represent three eras: the prosperity of Kilwa, with a graphic description, Zanzibar and the country today. Three large lines on the surface of the water draw these routes on the walls and floor. As a detail, two small boats sail along this historical route, for the pleasure of all visitors.
© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008