At a time when Poland didn’t exist as a sovereign nation after being wiped off the map of Europe by the three partitions between 1772–1795, the Panorama provided a comforting memory of the importance of the Polish nation.
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Photography duo Jadwiga and Marek Czarnecki took over 1,700 individual photographs of the Toruń skyline before electronically stitching them together to create the incredible panoramat. Zooming in, even the smallest details can be observed, with highlights including the Sailor’s Gate, the soaring steeple of the Church of the Holy Spirit, the solid dimensions of St. John’s Cathedral and the city defensive walls running along the bottom.
The man behind masterpieces such as the Racławice Panorama and The Crucifixion, Jan Styka, who studied under Poland’s ‘national painter’ Jan Matejko, was also a great orator, his patriotic speeches being printed in French in 1915 under the title ‘The Soul of Poland’.