Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

Today in History: Opening of the Paris World’s Fair of 1867

150 years ago today, Emperor Napoleon III opened the Paris International Exposition, the second world’s fair to be held in Paris (after 1855). 42 nations took part in the fair; 15 million visitors attended. The Palace of Industry, built on the Champ-de-Mars, the great military parade ground of Paris, became the exhibition’s landmark as it was transformed into a 40,000 square meters exhibition hall. Many technical innovations were shown, such as the hydraulic elevator, which was presented to the public for the first time.

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