Panorama Racławicka in Wrocław is one of a few places in the world where one can admire the relic of the XIX century of mass culture. The huge painting (15 metres high and 114 metres wide) because of the special painting operations (special view) and technical (light, artificial land, dark, winding approach) takes a viewer to other reality and time. Panorama Racławicka is the first and only such a preserved painting. The author of Panorama was the famous Lviv painter Jan Styka who invited the well-known painter of battles Wojciech Kossak to the cooperation. They were also helped by: Ludwik Boller, Tadeusz Popiel, Zygmunt Rozwadowski, Teodor Axentowicz, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Wincenty Wodzinowski i Michał Sozański.

The authors of the idea wanted to commemorate the national tradition in the 100 year anniversary of Insurekcja Kościuszkowska (Kociuszko uprising) and the battle that happened on 4 April 1794 in Racławice won by the rebel army famous kosyniers led by Taduesz Kościuszko against the Russian troops commanded by general Tormasow. The National Exhibition that was organized in Lviv in 1894 was the great occasion to present the Styka’s painting. The special woven cloth was bought in Brussels and the iron construction of rotunda projected by Ludwik Ramułt – in Wien. The building of Rotunda that was located in Stryjski Park in Lviv was ready in July 1893. The huge painting was made in 9 months, between August 1893 and May 1894. The unveiling celebration of Panorama Racławicka took place on 5 June 1894.

After the Second World War, the painting together with Ossolineum collections got to Wroclaw in 1946. The special social committees tried to convince the authorities to maintain and display  the painting. The expectations of  a lot of Poles came true after August 1980. The second unveiling of Panorama was on14 June 1985.  It became a great attraction of Wrocław.

Among the numerous guests that saw Panorama Racławicka there were: the pope John Paul II, the queen Beatrix and  the Nobel Prize winner Czesław Miłosz.

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