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Rouen’s XXL Panorama: a one of a kind experience in France

170,000 visitors in 2015

A spectacular and unique cultural spot in France, the Panorama XXL, set up on the Seine banks in Rouen, enables to dive inside the world’s largest 360° view art pieces. They are the fruit of the exploit of German artist Yadegar Asisi who, through a mix of original drawings, paintings, and digital photos, revisits exceptional panoramas. With only one year since its opening, the Panorama XXL is a successful new attraction of the Normandie capital with 170,000 visitors recorded in 2015.

Rédigé par Saliha Hadj-Djilani translated by Joséphine Foucher le Vendredi 8 Janvier 2016

Rouen’s XXL Panorama: a one of a kind experience in France
The Panorama XXL is composed of a rotunda set up on the Right Banks of Rouen. The construction of this rotunda extending 35 meters high for a diameter of 34m was the absolute precondition for these panoramas to be exhibited.

Inside this one-of-a-kind construction in France, a 32 meters long canvas, that bears several scenes, is deployed. One panorama stays in exhibition for an average of 7 months before being replaced by another also created by Yadegar Asisi.

The Visit

The Amazonia panorama inside the rotunda of the Panorama XXL.
The Amazonia panorama inside the rotunda of the Panorama XXL.
Visitors start by discovering an exhibition room that introduces the panorama currently in place and Yadegar Asisi’s artistic process. After going through a few dark hallways meant to disorient them and prepare them for their immersion in this new universe, they finally arrive inside the rotunda.

They then climb up the stairs of the central tower to admire the piece through different angles thanks to 3 observation platforms located at 9m, 12m, and 15m.

The day/night lighting effects create an ideal singular mood to better explore the piece.

“Amazonia”: the current panorama

Rouen’s XXL Panorama: a one of a kind experience in France
Since late September and until April 2016, the current panorama, “Amazonia,” represents an Amazonian forrest. From the 15m platform, one can admire the Amazonian landscape in all its glory and climb to the tree tops.

Thanks to a very high image definition, one can even observe, through the help of binoculars made available, the fauna and flora such as parrots and sloths.

This is a way for the artist to raise public awareness of this environment and shed more light on these endangered species. “I hope that through this feeling of astonishment we will provoke a deeper emotional relationship towards the tropical forrest - insists Yadegar Asisi - because it is only when we love something that we can be prepared to truly commit to its preservation.”

“Rouen 1431”: the next panorama

Rouen’s XXL Panorama: a one of a kind experience in France
Starting late May 2016, the Panorama XXL will introduce “Rouen 1431, at the time of Joan of Arc,” the new spectacular creation of Yadegar Asisi.

This panorama will be a trip back in time, to six centuries ago, for an unexpected visit of Rouen and a poignant discovery of mythical scenes from Joan of Arc’s life, who was convicted to be burned at the stake in Rouen in 1431. From the 15m platform of the rotunda tower, visitors will stand at the top of the Rouen Cathedral, France’s highest Cathedral thanks to its famous “Butter Tower” that weighs more than the Eiffel Tower with its 2,000 tons of cast-iron.

The artist worked for three years to create this panorama. Yadegar Asisi conducted a lot of research with the help of distinguished historians and archeologist, experts in Rouen, to best reconstitute the city at the time of Joan of Arc.

Practical Information

Panorama XXL
Quai de Boisguilbert
76000 Rouen

Rate: €9.50. Reduced: €6.50.
Tour available in different foreign languages with audioguides.

Rouen’s Tourism Office:

Getting to Rouen

Rouen is located a little under an hour and half from Paris and its airports Orly and Charles de Gaulle. Upon reservation, shuttles to Rouen are available from the different airports (information with the tourism office.)

Rouen Airport
Vallée de Seine
76520 Boos

Deauville-Normandie Airport

Caen-Carpiquet Airport
Route de Caumont
14650 Carpiquet

The city of Rouen has an SNCF station served by many trains coming from national destinations such as Paris, Le Havre, Marseille, Lyon, Lille or regional destinations like Le Havre, Vernon, Caen and Dieppe. The SNCF station is located in the city center, on the right bank, a few steps from hotels, restaurants, businesses, and the major touristic sites.

From the South, Rouen is linked to Paris through the A13 highway (130km), slightly over one hour by car. The Rouen Metropolis is linked to Deauville, Honfleur, the Mont-Saint-Michel or Rennes and to Bretagne by the same highway.

From the West, the city is accessible from Le Havre, Fécamp or Etretat by highway A29 by going through Barentin.

From the North, Rouen is directly connected to England, Lille, Calais, Tours, Bordeaux, Amiens or Reims by the highway A28 and the Channel Tunnel.

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