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Category: Pre BIE

Country: Spain

Opening: August 4, 1888

Closing: October 12, 1888

Participating countries: 30

Visits: 2,300,000

Site Area: 46.50 ha (114.9 acres)


Spain's first World Expo celebrated the rise of the Mediterranean port city of Barcelona as an industrial metropolis. Located on the site of a disused citadel, the expo grounds featured palatial halls for industry, fine arts, machinery, and the sciences, as well as a marine pavilion.

The expo produced a number of iconic landmarks for its host city, including the neo-Mudéjar style Arc de Triomf, the Columbus Monument, and the Parc de la Ciutadella.

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