Seeing History and the World at the Paris Expositions

As was discussed in class, Paris was the site of five World's Fairs or Expositions:
Each of these events lasted for many months and were visited by hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. Below are several 3-D computer generated recreations of some of the spectacular pavilions, parks, buildings and environments created for various Paris expositions. Using photographs, drawings and architectural plans these long vanished spaces which were the equivalent of early theme-parks are brought back to life to be explored. Included here are the 1900 recreation of Medieval Paris as well as several Chinese Parks. In this way visitors were able to feel they had stepped across time (by visiting the "romantic" Middle Ages) and across space (by visiting the "exotic" lands of Asia).

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