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Bourbaki Panorama unveiled in Lucerne

The Bourbaki Panorama, a massive circular painting, has been unveiled in Lucerne, after major restoration work. The picture is housed in a new cultural centre which consists of a museum, gallery, library and three cinemas.

This content was published on January 31, 2000 - 07:43

The Bourbaki Panorama, a massive circular painting, has been unveiled in Lucerne, after major restoration work. The picture is housed in a new cultural centre which consists of a museum, gallery, library and three cinemas.

The foreign minister, Joseph Deiss, and the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Jakob Kellenberger, were the guests of honor at the unveiling ceremony.

With the opening of the Panorama centre, Lucerne has completed the fourth stage of a cultural initiative launched in 1989.

The circular panorama measures 110 metres by ten and is the main attraction of the centre.

It was painted in 1881 by Edouard Castres, depicting the journey of the French army commanded by General Bourbaki to the Swiss frontier, after being defeated by the Prussian army in the Franco-Prussian war of 1871.

Visitors will have the chance to view the panorama and the museum from February 14 on. Cinemas will open on February 17.

From staff and wire reports

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