Heroes on canvas, up close and personal.

The texture of the canvas, which weighs some 5 metric tons, can only be seen up close.

In the interior of the rotunda, visitors are surrounded by about a thousand square meters of painted canvas. Thanks to the techniques and materials (oil on canvas) used to paint it, the giant cyclorama has survived a century of history and two moves. It was first restored in the 1930's by an artist named Sturm. In the early 1980's, art restorers Frambert Wall-Beyerfels and Ilse Berger removed the patina of dust and soot that had settled on it.