The temple of music in Prague is the famous National Theatre (Národní Divadlo in Czech), a lavishly decorated building that became a symbol of the Czech cultural renaissance in the late 19th and early 20th century.
Rebuilt only two years after its inauguration due to a devastating fire, the theatre rose from the ashes and definitively established itself as the best stage in the Czech Republic .
Today’s repertoire ranges from classical authors and composers such as Shakespeare, Tchiakovsky and the Czech Smetana to contemporary geniuses such as Joan Osborne and Philip Glass.
Attending a play, opera or ballet in the splendid spaces of this building will be one of the highlights of your Prague holiday, but if theatre is not your thing, you will still be amazed by the beauty of this iconic building and its magnificent golden dome.
The best way to appreciate Prague’s sumptuous National Theatre is, of course, to attend a performance. However, if tickets are sold out or there is no performance of interest to you, you can still admire the beauty of the theatre’s interior by joining a guided tour.
The theatre guides will take you through the elegant halls of the theatre, including some that are normally closed to the public, and tell you about the history of this most important national cultural monument.
The National Theatre in Prague is an extraordinary work of art, an imposing and elegant building. Its interior and exterior decorations are lavish, in a blaze of gold.
Adorning the opulent halls of the National Theatre are masterpieces by 19th century Czech artists including Mikoláš Aleš, František Ženíšek, Vojtěch Hynais and Josef Václav Myslbek.
As early as 1844, during Czech patriots‘ rallies, the idea of constructing a building that would serve as a national theatre and could become a symbol of national identity arose.
However, it was not until 1881 that this dream was realised, thanks in part to generous donations from the Czech people.
Only two years later there was a second official opening of the National Theatre, which followed the reconstruction work necessary due to a devastating fire that destroyed part of the building.
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