Egypt - Expo Zaragoza 2008

Egypt at the Exhibition Expo Zaragoza 2008
© Philippe Lemaire

The Nile, one of the greatest rivers in the world and the emblem of Egypt, is the central subject, as it could not be otherwise for this stand that was prepared by this Arab country. The Nile, which carries with it a continuous mystery since the times of ancient Egypt, Greece, the Romans, the Middle Ages and the great travellers of the 19th century. The first agricultural communities appeared around this river thanks to its fertile sediments. Egypt offers a journey from the arid deserts to the summer floods, when the tributaries throw all their excess flow into the Nile. This is what the stand shows, all the agricultural models of the area and the effort of the populations to distribute the water of the Nile through canals, ponds, dikes and dams. A whole model of human organisation and artificial creations to control a precious good. This message leads us to contemplate the pavilion of Egypt, where the characteristics of water, plants and rocks are appreciated. The video sequences describe ancient Egypt and its artistic manifestations. We will also learn about the impressions of those 19th century travellers who rediscovered the country. We will also see different perceptions of the different generations of Egyptians living near the Nile as well as quotes from the Bible and the Koran, which symbolise the two religions professed in the country.

© Exposicion International Zaragoza 2008