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MAURITANIA, which celebrates its Pavilion Day today, adopts the striking theme "Paradox Between Ancient and Modern Cities of Mauritania."

The Atlantic coastal nation known for Berber culture exhibits ancient desert cities with traditional culture and lifestyle and the modern city of Nouakchott on the coast.

The pavilion features three sections, "Footprints of the Ancient City," "City Impression" and "Urban Wisdom."

Architecture from ancient desert cities are recreated; many of them lie beneath modern cities. Exhibitions explain the ancient history and culture of Mauritania and explain how desert cities thrived and why they disappeared.

The area "City Impression" is devoted to Nouakchott as a modern developing city, which seeks to preserve tradition as it advances.

Urban development problems, like overpopulation, are discussed. "Urban Wisdom" describes some of Mauritania's solutions to urban problems.


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