Lima International Exhibition

The Lima International Exhibition (Exposicion Internacional de 1872) was held in the Park of the Exposition, Lima in 1872 to attract foreign investment, demonstrate Peru's progress[2] and to mark fifty years since Peru's independence[3]

Lima International Exhibition
Great Clock of Lima
Overview
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameLima International Exhibition
BuildingPalacio de la Exposición
Area50 acres (20 ha)
Organized byManuel Atanasio Fuentes[1]
Location
CountryPeru
CityLima
VenuePark of the Exposition
Coordinates12.0603°S 77.0370°W / -12.0603; -77.0370
Timeline
Opening1 July 1872
Closure1872

Background

The Peruvian president José Balta had ordered the demolition of the Walls of Lima in 1870 and the establishment of the Park of the Exposition to host the exhibition.[4] The park was designed by Manuel Atanasio Fuentes and Antonio Leonardi[4] and opened on 1 July 1872.[5]

Contents

During the fair there was a botanic garden, a Chinese pavilion and displays of modern machinery and of pre-Columbian art.[2] And still remaining in the park in 2017 there are a Byzantine and Moroccan pavilion and a fountain of Neptune.[2] There was also a Huaca, a Chinese pavilion, a dovecote, a lake with swans[6] and a large clock.[6][5] The clock, 'The great clock of Lima', designed by Pedro Ruiz Gallo was installed in a tower and as well as the time had six dials showing century date, year, month, week, day and phases of the moon, incorporated an organ and a 3x1 metre oblong to show a different historical picture every 25 hours.[5]

The British firms Ransomes, Sims and Head (Ipswich) exhibited agricultural machinery, Ruston, Proctor and Company a road engine, Bailey and Company fire pumps and pyrometers and Barrow Hematite Steel Company showed steel and iron works.[5]

References

  1. "Clásicos de Arquitectura: Palacio de la Exposición / Antonio Leonardi | ArchDaily Perú" (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  2. By James Higgins. Lima: A Cultural History. p. 159.
  3. "Hostoria - MALI" (in Spanish). Retrieved 18 April 2017.
  4. "Parque de la Exposición - LimaEasy". Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  5. "The Engineer". 30 August 1872: 148. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. "Clásicos de Arquitectura: Palacio de la Exposición / Antonio Leonardi | ArchDaily Perú" (in Spanish). Retrieved 21 April 2017.
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