Liège International (1905)

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EXPO Liège 1905
Affiche 1905.jpg
Official Poster of the Fair
Overview
BIE-class Universal exposition
Category Historical Expo
Name Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Liège
Building Palais de Beaux Arts
Area 21.08 hectares (52.1 acres)
Visitors 7,000,000
Participant(s)
Countries 29
Location
Country Belgium
City Liège
Venue Parc de la Boverie
Coordinates 50°37′43.98″N 5°34′32.56″E / 50.6288833°N 5.5757111°E / 50.6288833; 5.5757111
Timeline
Opening April 25, 1905 (1905-04-25)
Closure November 6, 1905 (1905-11-06)
Universal expositions
Previous Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis
Next Milan International (1906) in Milan

Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Liège was a world's fair held in Liège in 1905 from April 27 to November 6[1][2] just 8 years after a Belgian exposition held in Brussels. Intended to show Liege's industrial importance it also marked 75 years of Belgian independence[1] and 40 years of Leopold II's reign.[3]

29 countries were official participants, from Europe: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Montenegro, Norway, Netherlands, Portugal, Roumania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland; from Africa: Egypt and Congo Free State; from America: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba and United States; and from Asia China, Japan, Persia and Turkey with Germany and Spain being unofficial participants[1]

The exposition received 7 million visitors, covered 52 acres and made 75,117 Belgian Francs.[4]

The Liège station as it appeared in 1905 following improvements for the fair

Legacy[edit]

The Palais de Beaux Arts building was left to the city, and is now the Musee d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporaine.[5]

Music[edit]

  • Cantate pour l'inauguration de l'Exposition universelle de Liège, 1905 by Jean-Théodore Radoux with words by Jules Sauvenière was written for the expo.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "LIEGE 1905". Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Findling, John E (ed.). "Liege 1905". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 416. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9. 
  3. ^ Findling, John E (ed.). "Liege 1905". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9. 
  4. ^ Findling, John E (ed.). "Liege 1905". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9. 
  5. ^ Findling, John E (ed.). "Liege 1905". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 179. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.