"The Cyclorama" Top 5 Page for this destination Gettysburg Things to Do Tip by PA2AKgirl

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This beautiful "mural" is in danger and needs to be saved, from what I understand. Cycloramas are 360 degree paintings that tell stories--they were very popular in the late 1800's and early 1900s but there are very very few left. This one is an exception, but now there is an ongoing effort to either restore it or the building between 2003-2007, I'm not quite clear on the details.
Regardless of anything else, it's a piece of history in and of itself. Completed in 1884 by French artist Paul Philippoteaux, it's a massive oil painting he completed in 2 years...first shown in Chicago, moved to Gettysburg where it was shut down and eventually moved. Today, it is accompanied by a 20 minute "sound and light display" to take you through the story of the battle of Gettysburg.

What's most impressive about this is that it's a painting that weighs 3 tons!

Address: By the NPS Visitor Center
Directions: Between Taneytown Road and Emmitsburg Road (business rt. 15)
Phone: 717-334-1124
Website: http://www.nps.gov/gett/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 18, 2004
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