Welcome to Wrocław the European Capital of Culture
Wrocław (pronounced Vrots-love) is the fourth largest city in Poland and without doubt the most beautiful one. It's millennium-long history encompasses periods of Polish, Czech, Austrian and German rule, making it a "microcosm" of Central European history. Walking around the Old Town and Cathedral Island you can still marvel at those historical "layers" in the buildings around you, but foremost in the multicultural atmosphere and open minds of its inhabitants. This innovation-fueling environment makes Wrocław academia and its start-up scene among the best in Poland. This is further emphasized by its 100,000 strong student population, also ensuring a vibrant night life. Wrocław is called "the Venice of the North" due to its well-over 100 bridges spanning 12 islands over 5 rivers. Definite must-sees include the medieval Market Square, magnificent Gothic churches, stunning Baroque interiors and modernist architecture from the 20's. On top of that, in 2016 Wrocław is the European Capital of Culture, so you can be sure that every day will offer something special!
Panorama of the Battle of Raclawice in Wrocław
Panorama of the Battle of Racławice in Wrocław, an impressive relic of 19th-century century mass culture, is one of only few examples of this genre preserved in Europe. The large painting (15x114m) 'transfers' the viewer into an altogether different time, a reality of its own, by artfully combining painterly devices (special kind of perspective) and technical effects (lighting, artificial terrain, dark and usually tortuous passage to the viewing platform). Panorama of the Battle of Racławice is the oldest and only extant example of panorama painting in Poland. The idea came from the painter Jan Styka (1858-1925) in Lwów (Lvov) who invited the renowned battle-painter Wojciech Kossak (1857-1942) to participate in the project. They were assisted by Ludwik Boller, Tadeusz Popiel, Zygmunt Rozwadowski, Teodor Axentowicz, Włodzimierz Tetmajer, Wincenty Wodzinowski and Michał Sozański.