Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb

2015-10-04T23:18:02+00:0026 June 2014|Art and architecture, Croatia|

Croatian National Theatre

A short post today. Just a note, really:

One of the striking features of Croatia’s capital city is this bright and cheerful building on Marshal Tito Square in Zagreb’s Lower Town. This is one of five branches of the Croatian National Theatre, known as HNK Zagreb. When the building was officially opened in 1895, Franz-Joseph I, emperor of Austria-Hungary, was present.

If you think the building looks like something that might fit in elegant Vienna, you’re not far off the mark. Viennese architects Fellner and Helmer built this splendid theatre in 1895.

Over the years, numerous wonderful local and international artists have performed at the stage. I wish I could have been here in the mid-1800s to hear Franz Liszt play, or a few decades later for Sarah Bernhard, or even later to see Laurence Olivier.

How about you? Do you love the theatre?

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  1. Corinne 26 June 2014 at 1939 - Reply

    What a great building and photo, Sophie. I haven’t made it to Zagreb yet…soon!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1012 - Reply

      I’m sure you will soon 🙂

  2. Nancie (@Ladyexpat) 26 June 2014 at 2232 - Reply

    What a gorgeous building! I do love the theater. I saw Don Giovanni at the Estates Theatre in Prague, a few years ago. Great performance in another gorgeous theater. Thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday this week.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1013 - Reply


  3. Sand In My Suitcase 27 June 2014 at 0045 - Reply

    While we’ve explored Croatia’s coast extensively, we haven’t visited Zagreb. This theater looks beautiful. It must be wonderful to take in a performance in such an atmospheric theater…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1015 - Reply

      Zagreb does tend to be overlooked in favour of Croatia’s gorgeous coastline. But very much worth a visit.

  4. Maria Falvey 27 June 2014 at 0548 - Reply

    Love the architecture and can’t resist the Wow! color of the facade.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1016 - Reply

      I loved the colours in Zagreb.

  5. Muza-chan 27 June 2014 at 0724 - Reply

    Beautiful light, I love the colors….

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1016 - Reply

      Me, too 🙂

  6. Betty J. Ogburn 27 June 2014 at 1630 - Reply

    …To answer your question, yes–I do adore the theatre, :-)…I would love to catch an opera or a concert in Vienna someday–but I would settle for this place as well, :-)!!…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1017 - Reply

      I love watching plays and operas in other countries, especially in Central- and Eastern Europe.

  7. Oh wow, this place has such a special connection for me. I’m obsessed with the musical Elisabeth, the story of Franz-Joseph’s wife. Elisabeth died 3 years after this building was opened. I wonder if she was there with her husband for the opening? If so, I really need to visit this place! My whole goal in life is to travel to various places based on my nerdy pop-culture obsessions.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 10 July 2014 at 1022 - Reply

      I’ve never seen the musical, but completely understand your obsession with the lovely Sissi and her dramatic life – and death.

  8. Stephen 13 July 2014 at 0703 - Reply

    I love the colors and style of building in Croatia. Amazing country, and Zagbred is such a fresh and beautiful city.

  9. Anton @ Croatiaspots 23 January 2016 at 2054 - Reply

    Near Theater is a famous museum of Mimara located in the remarkable architectural “Lower Town high schools complex”, which was built at the end of the 19th century in the spirit of historicism: it is a very valuable example of the neo-Renaissance palace, and is the work of two German architects from Leipzig/Berlin, A. Ludwig & L. Th. Hülssner, who were specialists in the design of school buildings. T

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 23 January 2016 at 2107 - Reply

      Thanks for that information, Anton. It has been a few years since I was there. Would love to have another look at Zagreb. Beautiful city.

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