World Fair of Paris 1889

Centenary of the French Revolution

May 6, 1889 - October 31, 1889

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Nicaragua at the Exhibition Expo Paris 1889

Architect(s) : Stephen Sauvestre

Do you like rare birds, exotic plants, the exciting scent of cocoa and vanilla?

Then go and see the charming Nicaragua pavilion, designed by Mr. Stéphen Sauvestre, architect of the Eiffel Tower. This charming wooden pavilion, 20 by 10 metres, Renaissance style, covered with terracotta-coloured flake tiles, with a glazed tile pattern, crowned with terracotta finials of a graceful and original design, consists of a large main salon and two annex salons.

An outside staircase leads to a terrace with a magnificent view of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. This terrace gives access to a small office from which one has a view of the entire interior installation of the : Nicaragua.

In the centre of the main hall is a relief map of the Nicaragua Canal. This plan is nine metres long and 1.5 metres wide. It was made in Washington by a Frenchman on the initiative of M. Médina, Minister of Nicaragua, Commissioner General, who thought, with good reason, that the plan of a colossal work destined to be a source of wealth for his country, not only had its rightful place in the Champ de Mars, but would form one of the highlights of the Exhibition.

This plan, indeed, is very artistically conceived and perfectly executed.

It is also worth noting the collection of cocoa from one of the great houses of Paris which owns a very large plantation in Nicaragua, and the collection of various species from another great French industrialist who has set up a large factory in that country for this important industry.

Among the products of the country, samples of which will be found, we must mention coffee, rubber and wood.

In this connection, let us say that the collection of essences presented by Nicaragua is very curious. Let us also mention cocoa, an important product of Nicaragua; a very rich variety of minerals which will undoubtedly draw attention to the abundance of precious metals in this privileged country.

Also noteworthy is a complete and most curious collection of ancient pottery. This collection forms a subject of the most interesting pre-Columbian studies. The birds of the tropics with their admirable plumage and brilliant colours are one of the great attractions of this exhibition.

There are birds of all varieties, from the hummingbird to the famous Central American quetzal, whose magnificent plumage far surpasses that of the bird of paradise.

On large wooden panels of the country are painted the portraits of the Presidents of Nicaragua, who have exercised power in turn; for it should be noted that these high offices have always been passed on regularly and smoothly by the free play of the institutions of this small country situated in a region where we are accustomed to seeing frequent political upheavals.

The total cost of this oasis in the middle of Paris was about five hundred thousand francs, and Mr. Francisco Médina will undoubtedly be well deserving of his country by the direction he has given to the work and his contribution to the great work of France.

© Guide Bleu du Figaro et du Petit Journal 1889