See a painting 115 metres x 15 metres
Visit the National Museum to see the colossal painting 'Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice'.
The first Polish panorama, which measures a staggering 15 metres x 115 metres, it was completed over a period of several months from September 1893 through May 1894 by Jan Styka and Wojciech Kossak, assisted by L. Boller, T. Popiel, Z. Rozwadowski, W. Tetmajer, and W. Wodzinowski.
The panorama depicts the victorious Battle of Raclawice, a glorious episode of the Kosciuszko Insurrection - an heroic, but in the end doomed-to-failure attempt to defend Polish independence. It was fought on the 4th April, 1794, between the insurrectionist force of regulars and peasant volunteers under the command of Kosciuszko himself, (who had earlier distinguished himself as a hero in the American War of Independence), and the Russian army commanded by General Denisov.
Until 1944, the painting was ehxibited in a rotunda in Lvov. After 1945, following territorial changes which left Lvov behind Soviet borders, it was transferred to Wroclaw.
As under the Communist regime its subject was considered politically sensitive, it took many years of effort to have the painting restored and exhibited again. Re-opened in 1985, it has since remained a major tourist attraction. What is shown here is a small section of the whole canvas.
Wroclaw National Museum
ul. Purkyniego 11
phones: switchboard - 44-16-61, 44-16-62
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(December through February 09:00 - 17.00)
The Rest Of My Photos Around Wroclaw...
These are the rest of the photos taken by me in Wroclaw. Accompanied by a friend, we went to this amazingly beautiful city in The Lower Silesia.
This city lieson the Odra River; The 4th Poland's largest city.
Slowly, we walked towards The Ostrow Tumski, which was once an island the cradle of Wroclaw. I captured a view from here...as you can see on the photo.
Free map of Wroclaw
Don't forget to pick up a free map of Wroclaw at one of the Tourist Information Centres. The map includes a little street register, the location of selected sights and some useful addresses.
The main Tourist Information Centre of Wroclaw is located at the Market Square (Rynek 14). The opening hours (Monday to Sunday) are from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in high season and until 8 p.m. in low season.
You can hike, bike and ski, too
Visitors to Wroclaw can combine their tour of the town with a trip to the nearby Sudetan Mountains, a resort which has appeal all round the year, with health spas, hiking and skiing trails, bicycle paths and mysterious old castles to explore.
Train tickets-international desk
In main railway station, Wroclaw Glowny, you probably cannot get service in English but you are able to sit down and take your time if you go to international desk.
When you come in from the main entrance, turn right and go until you have sliding doors left to you. I had the train and the destination information already printed but on this desk you are able to check these with a ticket seller from computer.
If you want to make sure that you have a seat, book your ticket to an eurocity or an intercity train.