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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