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Greece - Expo Paris 1878

Greece at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1878
Architect(s) : Bénard

The façade is a great success and a credit to its architect, Mr Bénard.

Everyone contemplates it with contemplation; for it speaks to us of a very distant era. It represents a house from the time of Pericles.

It is all white, the house, but it was undoubtedly the one of which a wise man said to someone who complained of being poorly housed: "May the gods grant that my house was full of true friends.

At the threshold of the house is an altar on which stands Minerva wearing a helmet and armed with a lance. An inscription reveals her name to the passer-by who reads on the altar: - Athènè.

©Les Merveilles de l'Exposition de 1878