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Europe II - Expo Shanghai 2010

Europe II at the Exhibition Expo Shanghai 2010
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The Pavilions of Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Montenegro, Moldova and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, etc., each have their own presence in the collective Europe II Pavilion.

Albania Pavilion

The façade of the pavilion is a dappled stone wall, imitating the ancient city of Gjirokastre, the oldest and most special city in Albania. The photos of the Albanian landscape embedded in the vaults directly present this beautiful country with a long history. In the pavilion, are exposed mainly with model, photos and videos, you can feel crossing space and time while enjoying the models of the original buildings of Albania.
- High technology is well applied, large screen embedded in the big iceberg shape, you could feel to stand on the spot, admiring the landscape by leaning against the railing.

- The ingenious concept of the optical projector in the shape of the Earth gives people a special feeling.

Armenia Pavilion

The Pavilion invites everyone to participate in the design plan to build a "world city" with a pleasant home for all citizens of the world. In this city, the neighbourhoods of all ethnic groups of the world will be included in one space. The stand in the middle of the pavilion presents the modules already submitted by architects from all over the world and, after suggestions from everyone, a new module will be presented.

- The "Apricot Garden" presents the Armenian spring with lots of apricot flowers, lets you taste the special apricots of Armenia and enjoy the famous Duduk flute, made by the apricot tree.

- In the "Gold and Silk" exhibition, you can learn about the anecdotes between China and Armenia in the historical trade exchange, and appreciate the splendid techniques of Armenian jewellers.

Azerbaijan Pavilion

Multimedia, special handicrafts, photos etc. present the history, culture, religion, way of life of the people of Azerbaijan, while emphasizing the geographical importance of the country, located at the "crossroads" between East and West and the role of "bridge" in the integration of Eastern and Western cultures, and in the promotion of trade and exchange.

- The Pavilion brings back the scenes of ancient Azerbaijanis carrying Eastern and Western treasures, transmitting information, spreading knowledge and cultures along the famous "Silk Road". An ambition to re-establish the "Silk Road" in the new millennium is presented.

- The Pavilion tells the story of the cities and towns of Azerbaijan, and highlights the spiritual basis of the Azerbaijani nation.

Bulgaria Pavilion

The modern style connects past civilizations with the development of modern cities, presents an "ancient and modern" Bulgaria. Three exhibition spaces: two old quarters and a beautiful square, presenting the changes of the city spaces in different cultural periods. Ancient architecture, archaeological finds, traditional objects, photos and films show the history, culture, religion, customs and way of life in Bulgaria. A journey of cultural and historical discovery in Bulgaria.

- The old quarters display the golden treasures of the Thracians and the craft techniques of the Roman Kingdom. The archaeological tools under the glass floors create the atmosphere of an ancient archaeological excavation scene.

- At the corner of the square an architecture imitating the famous Bulgarian museum has been established. The frescoes on the walls and ceilings with wooden carvings are magnificent. The arched windows, wide sills and closed balconies have a special architectural character.

Georgia Pavilion

The Pavilion resembles the "courtyard" of a typical ancient Georgian town. A "vine" has been "planted" in the centre of the "courtyard". The museum in the "courtyard" presents Georgian history. Four exhibition niches present ancient historical traces, culture, natural landscapes, villages, beaches and remarkable skiing sites near the capital, to express the theme "the close connection between beautiful nature, beautiful landscapes, historical and cultural sites".

- In the "natural landscape" niche, visitors seem to be standing on a balcony of a village and see the peak of Kazbegi where Prometheus was chained according to Greek mythology.

- In the corner of the museum, the headdress decorations, necklaces, crowns, gold tubes and antique sculptures in bronze and iron.

- The souvenir shop offers handicrafts and objects in local style.

Montenegro Pavilion

The design idea came from the natural landscape of the country. The outer layer consists of metal floors. The abstract geometric figures of the modern style make one imagine the mountains, with the projection in various colours, creating an excellent visual effect. Forests, natural parks, coastal towns etc. show the endless charm of Montenegro.

- The "massif" imitates the famous Lovcen mountain. The slope of the ground becomes steeper when walking.

- With means like videos and photos, the imitation of the landscape of the coastal town Kotor is presented.

- On the national pavilion day, splendid manifestations of particular ethnic dances, beaten music and ballets will be presented.

Moldova Pavilion

In Moldova there are beautiful hills, rolling plains, vast meadows and thick forests: The pavilion invites the visitors to admire the beautiful landscapes of Moldova in many ways, including photos and videos, expressly deducing the theme "this city, or the other city". A video wall in the form of an inverted pyramid is placed in the centre of the pavilion: different profiles emit different contents. Visitors can watch it according to their taste.

- The chairs in the waiting area are delicately designed, in different shapes, giving a good view while saving materials and satisfying the demand for comfort.

- Visitors will have the opportunity to get to know the Moldovan wine culture personally.

Pavilion of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

The elements of beehives are applied in the design of the pavilion, a fine and environmentally friendly structure, the inner wall of the pavilion made of numerous orthohexagonal tiles is inlaid with photos of the lives of ordinary people, building a very soft atmosphere. The theme "continuation of the city" is deduced from all aspects of the way of photos and videos etc..

- The beehive structure not only popularizes the idea of environmental protection and energetic economy, but also conveys to the visitors the good hope of having a harmonious relationship between various nations.

- From the ancient city of Scoresby to the present capital Skopje, the development of the city resembles the continuation of the life of the evolution of history.

©Official Guide - Expo 2010 Shanghai China