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The enormous USSR pavilion is a good geographic representation of the northern country it represents. Located not far from the United States pavilion, it is one of the most popular sites at Expo 67. The architecture of the pavilion, with its large, convex roof and glass walls, is very modern. Coinciding with Expo 67 is the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution of 1917. The pavilion's entrance commemorates this historical event, as does the large bust of Lenin located in the centre of the pavilion.


Inside, several exhibits focus on the country's recent history, ways of life, agriculture, main industries such as mining and hydroelectricity, and technological advances. Atomic energy holds a place of honour with its various peaceful applications. Hailed in the past as a sort of energy panacea, the future proved that it was not the ideal solution to the energy crisis. The conquest of space occupies a particularly important place not only in the collective imagination of people in the 1960s but also in the USSR pavilion. Visitors are thrilled by the display of a replica of the Vostok, the man-made satellite that carried Yuri Gagarin, the first person into space in 1961, and by the prototypes of other satellites.

A cinema shows films about the citizens of the various regions of the country. Visitors can also enjoy dances and songs presented in an area designed for performances. The largest restaurant at Expo seats 1,100 guests and serves regional specialties of the USSR, thus enabling visitors to continue exploring their northern neighbour while enjoying good food.



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