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.
Visitor capacity per day
Swiss Trade Association, Berne www.sgv-usam.ch
Die Mobiliar, Berne www.mobiliar.ch
K.A. Blöchliger AG, Weiningen www.k-a-b.ch; Bündner Gewerbeverband, Chur www.kgv-gr.ch; Fédération romande des entreprises de charpenterie, d'ébénisterie et menuiserie FRECEM, Le Mont-sur-Lausanne www.frecem.ch; GastroSuisse Association for the Hotel and Restaurant Industry, Zurich www.gastrosuisse.ch; Kantonal-Bernischer Gewerbeverband, Burgdorf www.bernerkmu.ch; Swiss Optics Association, Olten www.optikschweiz.ch; Swiss Metal Union SMU (New: Metaltec Suisse), Zurich www.metaltecsuisse.ch; Swiss Master Builders Association, Zurich www.baumeister.swiss; Swiss Association of Master Plumbers and Fitters, Zurich www.spengler-installateur.ch; Swissmechanic, Swiss Association of Mechanical and Technical Enterprises, Weinfelden www.swissmechanic.ch; Valiant Holding, Berne www.valiant.ch; Association of Swiss Electrical Installation Companies (New: EIT.swiss), Zurich www.eit.swiss; Association of Swiss Master Carpenters and Furniture Makers, Zurich www.vssm.ch; Central Association of Swiss Goldsmiths and Watchmakers, Sursee www.vsgu-ashb.ch
Project Management restoration
Architecture, statics and construction
Emch & Berger (Philippe Menétrey), Bern www.emchberger.ch
Danielle Nanchen (Head)
Photos: Press kit Panorama of the Battle of Morat; Archive Frédérique Mouchet