Nowadays there are 33 panoramas all over the world. One of them with the biggest dimensions is constructed in Pleven, about 170 km to the north-west of Sofia. Pleven is one of the largest Bulgarian towns with a millennium history and full of historical sights. Pleven became internationally famous with the five-months battles during the Russian-Turkish war 1877-78 as a result of which Bulgaria was liberated from the 500 years of Ottoman yoke. The Pleven Epopee 1877 Panorama depicts these events combining painting, plastics and architecture in a whole art work. It was painted by a team of 11 Russian and 2 Bulgarian artists, author N. Ovetchkin, Moscow, Russia!
The combination of the canvas (115/15m), the foreground (12m) and the illumination creates a feeling of authenticity and empathy to the battle fought on 11 September 1877. The spectator finds himself in the middle of the battle field - attacking Russian regiments, smoke from shells, doctors and nurses, counter-attacking Turkish cavalry, fires burning in the town, the Russian General M. D. Skobelev leading the attack against the Turkish fortifications ...
The illusion effect (perspective up to 12km) manages to tear off the visitor from his/her daily cares and to transfer the spectator "back in time", in another reality.
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