Tuesday, September 1, 2015


ALL roads lead to Rome ... in a stunning 360-degree cyclorama currently on view in Rouen, France.

From the visitor's platform at the center of the giant wraparound screen, viewers look out from atop the Capitoline Hill … across the teeming metropolis with its temples, palaces, thermae (bath complexes), basilica and insulae (tenement blocks) all the way to the Alban Hills on the horizon.

The huge painting is set on October 29, 312, as Emperor Constantine returns victorious from the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.

The panoramic experience is rounded off with the accompanying music by film composer Eric Babak and sound effects reflecting the era and the setting in the scene.

The picture was based on a historical 1886 cyclorama at the height of the cyclorama fad.

In the 19th Century, long before 3-D movies, people flocked to see cycloramas, which consisted of a panoramic painting on the inside of a cylindrical platform, designed to provide a viewer standing in the middle of the cylinder with a 360-degree view of the painting. 

The intended effect is to make a viewer, surrounded by the panoramic image, feel as if they were standing in the midst of an historic event or famous place.

German artist Yadegar Asisi specializes in creating mammoth cycloramas  the largest in the world  measuring up to 32 metres in height with a circumference of up to 110 metres.

XXL Panorama is situated in Rouen right bank of the Seine. The historic center of Rouen is a few minutes walk from the Panorama XXL. For information: CLICK HERE.

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