Atlanta Cyclorama- The Battle of Atlanta
The Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum offers visitors a fascinating look at the past. The Cyclorama tells the story of the Civil War Battle of Atlanta, fought in July 1864. Civil War buffs and anyone interested in history will appreciate a trip to the Atlanta Cyclorama. Once a popular form of entertainment that dates back to the 18th century, a cyclorama is a cylindrical painting of impressive proportions. The Atlanta Cyclorama stands 42 feet high and stretches across 358 feet. Upon its completion in 1886, the Cyclorama was even taller and longer, but years of traveling and subsequent repairs took their toll on the piece. Even so, the Atlanta Cyclorama is considered to be the world's largest oil painting.
Visitors to the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum begin their tour by seeing a brief film about the Battle of Atlanta. Afterwards, they're escorted to the Cyclorama, where they're treated to a multimedia experience in a rotating theater. For visitors who wish to see more than the Atlanta Cyclorama and its diorama, the Civil War Museum features a number of artifacts, uniforms, weapons and other items. Apart from the Cyclorama, the focal point of the Civil War Museum is the locomotive Texas, a veteran of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.
The Atlanta Cyclorama falls under the auspices of the City of Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs. It is located next to Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta's Grant Park.
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