Expo 2015: Turkey to have 5th largest pavilion

After initial doubts, Milan event presented in Istanbul

18 March, 19:13

    A construction site at the Expo A construction site at the Expo

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA, MARCH 18 - Expo Milano 2015 has been presented in Istanbul, just over a month prior to its opening.

    Turkey, an emerging powerhouse of the eastern Mediterranean, will have the fifth largest pavilion in Milan under the symbol of a pomegranate, in a half-moon representing ''unity in diversity''. The presentation of the Milan event was welcomed by the historic Palazzo Venezia of Istanbul, former Italian embassy to the Ottoman Empire currently residence of Italian ambassador to Turkey Luigi Mattiolo.

    Lombardy regional councillor for Expo 2015 Fabrizio Sala took part, as did the vice president of the Turkish Council for External Relations (DEIK) Başaran Ulusoy, Ankara pavilion commissioner Tarok Sönmez and the delegate for the Expo company Piero Galli. After initial uncertainty, which led to concerns that Ankara would decide not to take part, Turkey will therefore be in Milan. The Turkish pavilion already has its own site (http://www.turkeyexpo2015.com/turkiye-pavyonu.html) and will be crowded by a stylized 'Anatolic Star of Selcuk'. Covering a surface area of some 4,170 square meters, it will increase - in addition to the exhibition spaces - a Turkish restaurant and a garden for (Turkish) coffee as well as reproductions of homes in typical Ottoman Beypazari style. ''Turkey will be present with the fifth largest pavilion, a considerable effort that Italy appreciates very much and that bars witness to the excellent relations between the two countries,'' Mattiolo said. ''Italy,'' he added, ''has great expectations for Expo 2015 both in terms of promotion of our country's best products and of attracting tourism.'' There are likely to be many Turkish visitors, in part thanks to the visa facilitation brought in by Italy. Sala illustrated the features of Expo 2015, which in the span of six months will host over 2,000 events in an exhibition area of about 1 million square meters, aiming to offer a highly variegated interpretation of the 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life'. (ANSAmed).

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