Panorama of the Battle of Racławice

The Raclawice Panorama is a special work of art that plays tricks on your perception with the perspective used, impressing you with the superrealism of imaging and colossal size (114 m x 15 m) it represents. Meticulously created by a duo of Polish painters between 1893 and 1894, the monumental painting needed special circular venues built in the cities housing it to allow for the display of this masterpiece in all its magnificence. The Raclawice Panorama has been one of the foremost attractions of Wroclaw since the completion of its conservation works carried out in the 1980's.

Tour Overview

When looking at the Raclawice Panorama, you will start wondering whether you are still merely an observer and not a participant of the battle depicted in such great detail. During your visit to the extensive Rotunda gallery, you will not only experience a travel to the past, finding yourself in the midst of the battlefield of Raclawice, but also learn a bunch of historical facts on the first successful combat of Polish insurgents against the Russian Empire during the Kosciuszko Uprising of 1794.

Sightseeing the Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice is possible to be taken upon visiting Wroclaw – the major city of Lower Silesia, being to the western part of Poland what Krakow is to the southern part of the country in terms of importance, culture and tourism. The Raclawice Panorama is one of the few examples of enormous cycloramic paintings available to be seen in Europe and the sole masterpiece of this kind present in Poland. After you enter the avant-garde modernist Rotunda building that houses the exhibition (painstakingly built between 1957 and 1985, also classified as the youngest structure to constitute a historical monument of Wroclaw), you will be exposed to essential historical facts concerning the battle, propped with maps, recorded commentaries on the military strategy adopted and multimedia presentations. The Raclawice Panorama itself will come next, as the icing on the cake that not only history maniacs will take their delight in. This is when you will be admitted to a special viewing platform, with the extensive panorama of the battle stretching right before your eyes. You will spend the remaining 30 minutes of your sightseeing as surrounded by a 15-metre-high 3D work of art, subject to the jaw-dropping play of lights, perspective and scenography.

The Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice was created to commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of the most important battles fought by Poles throughout their turbulent history. The challenge was undertaken by two influential Polish painters (Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak) who spent 9 months on covering the canvas with their breathtaking vision. In the year of 1894, their masterpiece was displayed in Lviv, then – located in the part of Polish Kingdom vaving belonged to Austria-Hungary since to the partitions of Poland. With the massive success it achieved upon the unveiling, the Raclawice Panorama repeated it after having been removed to Wroclaw in 1945 and refreshed a few decades later. It is not a secret that the main motif of the painting – the victory of scythe-bearing peasant volunteers and poorly-equipped insurgents over the mighty army of the Russian Empire – was not well seen in Soviet-influenced Poland. Eventually, the work presenting heroic and romantic struggle of Polish units commanded by Tadeusz Kosciuszko, was returned the attention it deserves. This is why the images showing the charge of horsemen, combat of infantry troops, banners waving in the wind, burnt huts, abandoned cannons and a landscape after the battle may still be admired for the realism and talent behind the depiction of the uprising that was finally doomed to fail. In the course of the 20th century, the Raclawice Panorama was visited by such notable guests as Pope John Paul II, Beatrix the Queen of the Netherlands and Czeslaw Milosz.

Ready to trespass the limits of your perception? Contact us to have it confronted with the iconic painting of the Raclawice Panorama!

Tour Details

  • It is possible for you to sightsee the Raclawice Panorama regardless of your place of stay in Poland – simply, inform us of where you are, what the intended date of your arrival is and we will do the rest!
  • The price includes: admission fees to pre-determined attractions, transport (pre-arranged hotel pick-up and drop-off), the assistance of a guide for individual tourists / small groups of visitors.

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