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Duration of the visit: 20 m.
Time: 10 am - 8 pm
Number of people/visit: 300
Architects: Lourenço Vicente and Leonel Moura
Exhibition design: Leonel Moura
Area: 2,000 m2
Additional information: There is a system that allows access only when an exit is registered Shop: In the Nave do Território. The pavilion catalogue and products designed by Leonel Moura, such as porcelain articles and clothing, are on sale.


Portugal at its best

The exterior façade is decorated with photographs of 24 anonymous faces of Portuguese women, and on the floor at the entrance, the word "Portugal", in calligraphy copied from a manuscript by Fernando Pessoa, greets you. This is the first of many words found in the exhibition - a choice made by the authors, who preferred them to elaborate descriptive texts. Thus, each of the seven thematic rooms has been named with a different verb.

The visit begins in the "Afirmar" room, dedicated to the metropolitan area of Porto. With a futuristic design, it serves as an introduction to the rest of the exhibition. Four large glasses of port wine frame the stage where films about the northern region are projected.

The next message is Communicate. This is the room dedicated to transport, communication routes, ports and railways. A curiosity: the maps of the continent were drawn up by a team from the Instituto Superior Técnico, based on the connection time between the different locations. The result is distorted maps, as two cities connected by a motorway are closer in terms of time than others that are less distant but have slower means of communication.

The theme of the Conservar room is historical and environmental heritage projects. Here you can see a neon reproduction of the engravings of Foz Côa, in which each superimposed colour symbolises a period of its creation.

Not to be missed is the project on the Ria de Aveiro: eight cameras placed at different points of the site (one of them underwater) allow you to see live what is happening in this nature reserve in terms of human activity and nature itself.



A good introduction to the Navegar sector, the first interactive room. On one wall, under the responsibility of the National Institute of Statistics, several monitors present constantly updated statistics. On the other side, Portugal Digital, using a technology unprecedented in the world, allows a very sophisticated three-dimensional view of the Internet content. With a joystick, one can "fly" over the map of Portugal and "land" on several national web pages, such as the Mário Soares archive.


The next stop is dedicated to children, but adults should not miss it. In a playful project, related to artificial intelligence, a story has been created based on the myth of Atlantis and the time when humans communicated with animals. This is exactly what you can do in the Inventory Room. A porcelain dolphin, equipped with small mechanisms, serves as a means of communication with virtual dolphins that swim on a large screen and react when buttons are pressed. Then there are the big regional projects. The star of Transformar is an eight-metre high model of part of the Alqueva dam.

The last of the thematic rooms, Living, is dedicated to the Lisbon metropolitan region. A project of the National Civil Engineering Laboratory makes an exhaustive survey, in an Internet environment, of historical and urban issues concerning the different municipalities.

The visit ends at the Nave of the Territory. This is the largest room in the pavilion, with 350 m2 and a very strong architectural image. With walls covered in gold leaf, the decoration is reduced to the Manueline column in the centre.


During the 132 days of EXP0'98, other public and private entities will pass through this space. For example, there will be Sintra Day, Urban Transport Day, Orange Day and Fireman's Day. On 5 June, Road Day, there will be a tribute to Jorge de Sena and 24 June is dedicated to São João do Porto.



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