The National Theatre in Prague, This tradition helped to preserve and develop the most important features of the nation – the Czech language and a sense for a Czech musical and dramatic way of thinking.
Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles – opera, ballet and drama – which alternate in their performances in the historic building of the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates and in the Theatre Kolowrat. All three artistic ensembles select their repertoire not only from the rich classical heritage, but in addition to local authors they focus their attention on modern world output.
The National Theatre is the embodiment of the will of the Czech nation for its national identity and independence. Collections of money among the broad masses of the people facilitated its construction and so the ceremonious laying of the foundation stone on May 16, 1868 was tantamount to an all-state political demonstration.
The idea of building a dignified edifice to serve as a theatre matured in the autumn of 1844 at the gatherings of patriots in Prague and began to by implement by an application submitted by František Palacký to the Provincial Committee of the Czech Assembly on January 29, 1845 having requested ’the privilege of constructing, furnishing, maintaining and managing’ of an independent Czech theatre. The privilege was granted already in April 1845. But it was not until six years later – in April 1851 – that the founding Society for the Establishment of a Czech National Theatre in Prague made the first public appeal to start a collection. A year later the proceeds went toward the purchase of land belonging to a former salt works covering an area of not quite 28 are which, fair enough, determined the magnificent site of the theatre on the banks of the river Vltava facing the panorama of Prague Castle, but at the same time the cramped area and trapezium shape posed challenging problems for the designers of the building.
The National Theatre, otherwise called, Narodni Divadlo.
It is clearly visible from tha castle and from the Charles Bridge, and it is even in one of my previous pictures, It is a Neo-Renaissance building of 1868-81, built to plans of J. Zitek. A fire destroyed much of the building in its first year of existence; it was reconstructed by architect Josef Schulz in 1883.
The National Theatre is located near the river and is still fully functional. It hasd what I thought to be a nice design, with horizontal lines cut cleanly to differentiate the various stratae.
The National Theater is located along the banks of the Vlatava River. The building stands out along the skyline.
The National Theater (Narodni Divadlo) looks most impressive. However, it is only open during performances. Like the rest of European operas, they go on vacation during the summer, so it is closed.
Built between 1868-1881 in late renaissance style.
The exterior sculpural decoration includes a "triga" or three-in-hand on the pylons of the main facade by Ladislav Saloun.