Fodor's Expert Review Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

Donji grad (Lower Town) Arts/Performance Venue Fodor's Choice

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.

Arts/Performance Venue Fodor's Choice

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Trg maršala Tita 15
Zagreb, Grad Zagreb  10000, Croatia


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