Fodor's Expert Review Croatian National Theater in Zagreb
The building dates from 1895, when it was designed by the Viennese firm Hellmer and Fellner as part of the preparations for a state visit by Emperor Franz Josef. In front of the theater, set deep in a round concrete basin, is Meštrović's little, eerily lifelike sculpture Zdenac Života (Fountain of Life), from 1912, which depicts four naked couples writhing uncomfortably in each other's arms around a small pool of water while one lone, likewise naked gentleman stares meditatively into the pool. The only way to see the impressive, stately interior of the theater is to attend a performance from its impressive show repetoire. Don your best clothes like the locals do and enjoy.