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Valencia’s Regional Expo of 1909

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In 1909, Valencia inaugurated its Regional Expo. “Regional” doesn’t sound like that big of a deal — larger cities like Paris and San Francisco were celebrating World Expos — but it had a huge and lasting impact on the city.

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The exposition took place north of the city walls, just across the Paseo Alameda. In 1909, the Turia river was still flowing strong, and the land north of it hadn’t really been fully developed. The Exposition, though, changed that — a large number of buildings were specially constructed, including even a gondola which brought visitors over the river.

A huge undertaking, the Expo lasted for over a year. It welcomed important guests like Blasco Ibáñez and saw the inauguration of the Valencian Hymn. A huge success popularly (if not financially), it would eventually earn status as a national exposition.

The Spain of 1909 was an unhappy, humiliated country — it had lost nearly all its overseas possessions and was losing a nasty war in Morocco. The Regional Expo, with its focus on the future, helped the citizens take their minds of their troubles for a little while.

Until the 30th of August, you can be transported 100 years backwards in time, by visiting an interesting exhibit at the Palace of the Exposition (location). Entrance is free, and you really come away with a good sense of the times.

The following pictures are from the concurrent expo exhibits in the Palacio and the The Ateneo Mercantil building:

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valencia-1909-fairground
cadillac-valencia
hot-air-balloon-valencia
old-valencia
valencia-map-1909
valencia-fashion
valencia-facher
valencia-stamps-1909
tickets-VLC-1909-Expo
himno-valencia
blasco
moors-army
el-rey-en-Valencia
valencia-expo-1909
growd-valencia
valencia-water-slide
expo-valencia-bridge
valencia-fantasy-fountain
amusement-ride-valencia
origin-Batalla-de-Flored
Link: Batalla de Flores these days!
old-train-tracks-valencia

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August 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm
2 comments »
  • August 4, 2009 at 4:23 pmVicente

    Good picture’s selection of an important celebration for valencian people. And great job on your blog! showing a great city like Valencia! 🙂
    Another place in Valencia in my blog, about “Parque Natural de l’Albufera”
    Following you on twitter, see you!

  • August 16, 2012 at 6:14 pmJeff Brody

    I am trying to purchase a print of the poster for the Exposicion Regional Valenciana 1909 with little luck. It is an illustration where a male on the left is handing an orange branch to a female on the right with 3 females looking on.

    Any idea where I can purchase this online…I am in the U.S.

    Thank you.

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