HNK - the Croatian National Theatre, Zagreb

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    Croatian National Theatre

    by HORSCHECK Updated May 20, 2013

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    The Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko Naradno Kazaliste) was finished in 1895 according to the design of two Viennese architects (Hellmer and Fellner).

    The Neo-Baroque building is surrounded by many other monumental buildings which represent the Croatian architecture.

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    The Croatian National Theatre is situated at the western beginning of the green horseshoe of parks in the Lower Town.

    Website: http://www.hnk.hr/

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    by Ines_ Written Jul 14, 2012

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    This is one of Zagreb’s must see and one of the most magnificent buildings you’ll find there. It first opened in 14 October 1895 and it was rebuilt in the late 60’s. Nowadays it is a theatre and an opera and ballet house.

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    Croatian National Theatre

    by aukahkay Written Oct 23, 2010

    The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, commonly referred to as HNK Zagreb, is a theatre located in Zagreb, owned and operated by the Ministry of Culture. The theatre evolved out of the first city theatre built in 1836 housed in the present-day Old City Hall. The theatre was first established as the Croatian National Theatre in 1860, and in 1861 it gained government support putting it on par with many other European national theatres. In 1870 an opera company was added to the theatre and in 1895 it moved to the new purpose-built building on Marshal Tito Square in Zagreb's Lower Town, where it is based today.

    Austro-Hungarian emperor Franz Joseph I was at the unveiling of this new building. The building itself was the project of famed Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, whose firm had built several theatres in Vienna including the Vienna Staatsoper. Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the building were held on October 14, 1995.

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    Historical stone buildings

    by Arkeolog Written Mar 23, 2009

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    Zagreb is full of historical buildings. Some of them good preserved or restored. The others need to be restored and day by day they they are restoring by the goverment. I liked the buildings of Zagreb. Statues and reliefs make this buildings attractive and worth to see.

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    A Croatian love of theatres

    by mikey_e Written Jul 11, 2007

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    Croats seem to love their theatres. The theatres in both Zagreb and Rijeka are large and grandiose, and one could even argue that this obsession is a long-standing one if you include the Roman amfitheatre of Pula in the list. The Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, in the ironically named Marshall Tito Square, is a huge yellowish building that dominates your view from every direction in the square. It was opened in 1890 by the Emperor Franz Josef and is in splendid neo-Classical style. Some muse that the Theatre is a sign of Croats growing self-confidence in their own autonomy and culture. The interior of the Theatre was done by Mestrovic. I'm unsure whether you can simply enter the Theatre as a tourist or if you have to buy tickets to a performance to marvel at its architectural treasures.

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    National Theatre

    by Santini738 Updated Jul 1, 2007

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    The Croatian National Theatre is located in Zagreb the capital of Croatia. It was established in 1840. The following year it gained government support putting it on par with many of other national theatres around Europe. In 1870 a national opera company was formed based out of the theatre.

    From the very beginning, the repertoire of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb was very rich and various including the world classics, national tradition and contemporary works. Even though it was basically founded as a national cultural centre, the Croatian National Theatre has never stayed closed within itself, but it readily accepted and created diverse cultural links, opening its space to all theatrical cultures and giving guest performances all around the world, from America, throughout Europe, to the Far East. In its soon to be 150 years of history, the Croatian National Theatre has given a pleiad of the greatest artists and writers, actors and directors, set and costume designers, world famous opera and ballet principals, conductors and choreographers.

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    Culture

    by ivanab Updated Apr 2, 2007

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    This is a Croatian National Theatre, the biggest theatre in Croatia and a home of ballet,opera and drama. It is also probably the most beautiful building in Zagreb. There are shows during the whole year,so if you want to enjoy in croatian cultural scene, this is the right place to go.

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    Croatian National Theater (HNK)

    by antistar Written Nov 20, 2006

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    One of Zagreb's many wonderful turn-of-the-century buildings is its National Theater. If you've been to Vienna, you won't be surprised to learn that it was built by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, as the style is very similar to that of the Austrian capital. They also built several theaters in Vienna.

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    Croatian National Theatre

    by tomeek Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    Croatian National Theatre, our greatest architectural pride and joy and most beautiful heritage from the old ages! Built in Austro-Hungarian monarchy and opened by the emperor Franz Josef himself, this beautiful building and its surrounding is actually the cultural centre of the city. As it is grand and beautiful from outside, its also glamurous from iside! Make sure you stop by and look from close and, even better, book some interesting concert or a play!

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    The Croatian National Theatre - HNK

    by andreja20 Updated Aug 28, 2005

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    Zagreb's theatrical history goes back into the far 11th century, when, like in most European towns, a certain type of medieval theatre performances used to take place in churches and town squares. In the 16th century performances took place in religious schools on Kaptol and on the streets of the neighbouring Gradec.

    As the town was spreading, the need for a new theatre space was obvious and it was decided that a new national theatre must be built on a spacious square in the Lower part of the town that, according to the urban plan, would become a certain cultural centre.

    The blueprints were ordered from the famous Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer, authors of 40 more European theatre buildings. After only 16 and half months of construction works, the theatre building was finished according to plans and it was ceremoniously opened by the emperor Franz Joseph.
    The neo-baroque building of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb is surrounded by numerous buildings that have a great monumental value and which represent the Croatian architecture of the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

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    Yellow, big and nice!

    by Emica Written Mar 28, 2005

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    If you are somewhat cultural you might enjoy a visit inside the national theatre (Hrvatsko Narodno Kazaliste). Perhaps catch a play or an opera. If you're not that cultural you would probably enjoy more just to see the outside of the theatre. It's quite a nice building actually. Just remember to take a picture of it. No matter how lousy of a photographer you are - I promise you that this photo will look great!

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    Croatian National Theatre

    by elcolibri Written Feb 11, 2005

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    The Croatian National Theater was built between May 22, 1894 and October 8, 1895. It was formally opened by Emperor Franz Josef I on October 14, 1895. Today is the central state theatrical institution with activities including opera, drama and ballet performances, as well as other forms of music and stage plays. It is one of the most important institution of the cultural live of Zagreb and Croatia.

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  • TRG MARSALA TITA

    by sabsi Updated Dec 18, 2004

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    One of the most spectacular buildings in Zagreb is the Croatian National Theatre (Hrvatsko Narodno Kazaliste) at Trg Marsala Tita (Marshall Tito Square). I only saw it in the evening and with the different colours it looked very fancy. If only they had chosen a different colour than magenta. I bet T-Com sponsored the lights....

    At Trg Marsala Tita you also find the museum of arts and crafts (Muzej Za Umjetnost i Obrt). In there there was a nice photography exhibition we went to. The collection of furniture and stuff on the 1st floor like that was kinda boring though and we were followed by a lady watching us all the time which didn't help making it much more fun I'm afraid. There were some nice photographs on the top floor though.

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    Croatian National Theater

    by acemj Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Now this is a solid, yet ornate building!! It is the dominant structure in Trg marsala Tita (Marshall Tito Square). The blueprints were made by Viennese architects Ferdinand Fellner and Herman Helmer and the theater opened in 1895 and was really a bold statement by Emperor Franz Josef that the city was becoming more of a cultural center in Europe. In front of the building is an interesting work by the ubiquitous Ivan Mestrovic called Well of Life.

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    Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište

    by montezaro Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    Hrvatsko Narodno Kazalište, the Croatian National Theatre is situated on Trg Maršala Tita 15, just a 5 min by foot from the Main Square. Here you can atend performances from all genres: ballet, plays and opera.
    The building was erected in 1895, under the designes of Viannese architects Hellmer and Fellner.

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