President Vladimir Putin visits the newly restored Battle of Borodino Panorama Museum
In 2012, Russia celebrates 200 years since its victory in the war against Napoleon in 1812.
A museum devoted to the battle of Borodino, one of the most decisive battles of that war, has been restored in Moscow.
The ceremony of its opening for the public took place last Tuesday.
The museum is a round building which presents a panorama of the battle, with models of soldiers, horsemen and cannons and a painted background.
This background is a canvas 115 meters long and 15 meters high, painted by Franz Roubaud.
Initially, the museum opened in 1912, when Russia was celebrating 100 years since the victory. The last Russian emperor, Nicholas II, held the opening ceremony.
Now, it has taken artists less than half a year to restore Roubaud’s masterpiece.
Besides the panorama which is really impressive, visitors will also see personal things which once belonged to Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov and other heroes of the war.
© TASS. 12 March, 2012