Wrocław’s Panorama Racławicka centre reached the 10-million visitor mark on Sunday.
The 15 × 114 metre painting, which depicts the scene of the the Battle of Racławice from the Kościuszko Uprising, is one of Wrocław’s best known tourist attractions.
The idea for the painting was conceived by Jan Styka in Lvov in 1893, with Wojciech Kossak, Tadeusz Popiel, Teodor Axentowicz and Włodzimierz Tetmajer also credited with working on the famous panorama piece.
After the WW2 border changes the Panorama Racławice was transported to Wrocław. However for many years the painting was hidden in a storeroom as it illustrated a victory over the Russians – something that the communist authorities were not initially willing to display.
The panorama was nonetheless made available for public viewing in 1985, four years before the end of the communist regime in Poland.
On Sunday afternoon Adriana Lesiewicz from Świnoujście became the 10 millionth person to visit the Panorama Racławicka complex.
To mark the occasion, Adriana was given a season ticket granting her access to the National Museum in Wrocław, Panorama Racławicka, the Four Dome Pavilion and the Ethnographic Museum. She also received a 500zł voucher for the purchase of museum publications, one weekend voucher for free rail transport on Koleje Dolnośląskie, plus a voucher for a night tour of Wałbrzych’s Książ Castle.