Fodor's Expert Review Croatian National Theater in Zagreb

Donji grad (Lower Town) 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.

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Trg maršala Tita 15
Zagreb, Grad Zagreb  10000, Croatia

01-488–8418

www.hnk.hr

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