Round painting of the 19th century

Panorama of the Battle of Morat

The transience of the monolith continues in its inner life. Two panoramas illustrate how the image changes reality. They also make it possible to experience how reality is translated into images in different ways by the viewer depending on time and appearance.

A staircase leads from the ground floor of the Monolith to an intermediate floor with a second panorama. This offers a picture-book view of the lake and the town of Murten. On the upper floor, Louis Braun's restored Panorama of the Battle of Morat, a myth of Swiss history, awaits visitors.

Realism and optical illusion

Over 111.00 metres long and 10.50 metres high, it is one of the few surviving circular paintings of the late 19th century. Conveying realism and optical illusion at the same time was a central concern of the panorama painters, who were primarily concerned with the effect of surprise and entertainment. The work depicts the Battle of 1476 from the vantage point of 1894.

As a counterpart to the project Switzerland Version 2.1, it thus reports on the reality of the 19th century and the image of the past 400 years earlier. Both time levels are reflected in the view of today's observer, who stands on a platform surrounded by the panoramic image.



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Swiss Trade Association, Berne 

Die Mobiliar, Berne 

K.A. Blöchliger AG, Weiningen; Bündner Gewerbeverband, Chur; Fédération romande des entreprises de charpenterie, d'ébénisterie et menuiserie FRECEM, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne; GastroSuisse Association for the Hotel and Restaurant Industry, Zurich; Kantonal-Bernischer Gewerbeverband, Burgdorf; Swiss Optics Association, Olten; Swiss Metal Union SMU (New: Metaltec Suisse), Zurich; Swiss Master Builders Association, Zurich; Swiss Association of Master Plumbers and Fitters, Zurich; Swissmechanic, Swiss Association of Mechanical and Technical Enterprises, Weinfelden; Valiant Holding, Berne; Association of Swiss Electrical Installation Companies (New:, Zurich; Association of Swiss Master Carpenters and Furniture Makers, Zurich; Central Association of Swiss Goldsmiths and Watchmakers, Sursee 

Project Management
Moritz Bösiger

Project Management restoration
Volker Schaible

Architecture, statics and construction
Emch & Berger (Philippe Menétrey), Bern 

Coaching Expo.02
Danielle Nanchen (Head)
Sina Buxtorf

Photos: Press kit Panorama of the Battle of Morat; © Nüssli (Schweiz) AG, Hüttwilen,; © Archive Frédérique Mouchet; © Jürg Frei; © Philipp Zanatta