The first Expo took place in London in 1851 and it is famous for the age innovative Crystal Palace in which The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations was held. The area occupied for the exhibition was 10 ha. The big glass house was about 564 metres long and 138 metreswide and with cast iron-frame components and glass.The Great Exhibition costed 1 million and 650 us dollars and made a surplus of £186,000 which was used to found the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. The attending countries were 25. The exhibition registered 6 millions visitor and 2,500 tickets were printed for the opening day, all of which were bought. After about 25 years it came the 1st official World’s Fair in the USA in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. It was the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine. It was held in Fairmount Park. It costed 8 million dollar. 35 countries participated. On an 115 ha area more there were than 200 buildings. The Main Exhibition Building was the largest building in the world by area, enclosing 8.7 ha and took eighteen months to complete. The official number of first day visitors was 186,272 people and the all exhibition registered a total of 10 millions visitors. The celebration for the turn of the century in 1900: the Paris International Exhibition had a great success with 50 millions of visitors. It saw the construction of many notable structures, including the Gare d’Orsay (now the Orsay Museum), the Grand and Petit Palais and Pont Alexandre III on a 120 ha area. 58 countries attended the expo . Not even New York World’s Fair in 1939 Building the world of tomorrow with 60 countries attending and a 500 ha large exhibition area registered the same number of visitors of Paris International in 1900: “only “45 millions of visitors. After the second World War the 1st expo was held in Bruxelles in 1958 entitled A more human world. 42 countries attended the expo that registered 41 millions visitors. The exhibition area was 200 ha large. Expo 67 in Montreal was one of the most successful World’s fair of the 20th century with 50 millions visitors and 62 countries participating . It set the single-day attendance record with 569,000 visitors on the third day. The Expo 70 held in Osaka Japan saw 75 countries attending on a 329 ha large area, and the number of visitors reached 64 millions people. It set a record for most number of visitors at an Expo until it was surpassed by the Shanghai World Expo in 2010. The largest exhibition site ever built: 528 ha, 200 participating countries and 73 millions visitors.
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