June 2, 2010
In the early 19th century, 360 degree panorama paintings of famous cities were very popular. The Salzburg Panorama Museum in Salzburg’s old town features one created in 1829 by Johann Michael Sattler shows the city from the top of the Hohensalzburg Fortress.
When completed, it spent 10 years touring the great cities of Europe, showing off Salzburg’s breathtaking views to prospective tourists. Today, the exquisitely restored painting offers a fascinating look back at Salzburg the way it was in 1829. The river was slower and had beaches. The old town is essentially the same as it is today, and Moosstrasse still leads into idyllic farm country.
Paintings from that era of other great cities around the world are hung around the outside wall with numbers but without labels, as a kind of quiz game. A flier gives the cities names on one side, and keys them to the numbers. How many 19th century cities can you identify?