Panorama of the Battle of Racławice
11 Jana Ewangelisty Purkyniego, Wroclaw, Poland
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Panorama of the Battle of Racławice Wroclaw Reviews
Panorama Raclawicka Jul 17, 2014
The Panorama Raclawicka is a cyclorama painting of a late 18th century battle of a Polish uprising against Russia near the village of Raclawice in 1794. The 360 degree panorama from the 19th century is one of the few examples of such an artistic genre left from the 19th century. This is the oldest and only such example of a panorama painting in Poland. It was conceived on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Raclawice, and the official opening was was on June 5, 1894. It was damaged during hostilities in 1944. After WWII in 1946 it was moved to Wroclaw, but there was communist ways in Poland, and it was not until the 1980's that the work was full restored, reopening on July 14, 1985. This is some historical background.
I am no expert in the history of this part of the world, but I do know what a cyclorama is, and they were popular in the late 19th century. Some of these cycloramas traveled around, entertaining people in all the the great cities of the world. The concept is that you stand at the center of a 360 degree depiction of a major historical event, usually some battle. Sometimes it was more simple like a city view or such. This was the IMAX of the 19th century and despite their great numbers, say 120-125 years ago, there are few examples of them remaining in existence. This is a must see in Wroclaw! It's 25 Zloty for entrance ($7.50 USD) and groups are taken in for an hour of viewing. A small hand held device is provided in many languages for a personal listening tour. I don't like to distract myself with such audio narration, so I didn't listen much.
I was more interested in the visual experience. I have to say, if there is a reason to visit Wroclaw (aside from the city itself) - this is it! Simply fantastic is all I can say. I felt like a time traveler viewing a snapshot of the battle from over 200 years ago. It's a painting, sure, but feels realistic, like you are really there. I took a lot of photos and was careful to provide some perspective in experience. Enjoy my collection. I left before the crowd after about 45 minutes. That was quite the special experience!
I have a video I took in 360 degree coverage, which may be of interest:
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