The Croatian National Theatre Ivan the noble Zajc

  Verdijeva bb      (+385-51) 33 71 14     08 Jun 2018
This is one of the proofs that Rijeka is where Central Europe meets the Mediterranean. The National Theatre in Rijeka was largely the work of Fellner and Helmer, a Viennese architectural studio specialising in theatre design, responsible for, among others, the Prague State Opera and the colonnade and Grand Hotel Pupp in the Czech spa Karlovy Vary. When the theatre opened in 1885, it was lit by the first electric lightbulb in Rijeka. During June and July, the theatre hosts a Summer Nights festival. If you can get a ticket, it’s worth it even if only to catch a glimpse of the ceiling paintings by Gustav Klimt, and the stage curtain painted by Oton Gliha, a Croatian artist who lived on and was inspired by the landscape of Krk Island. In the newly-landscaped park in front of the theatre stands a memorial to Rijeka’s composer Ivan Zajc, one of the most important contributors to the development of classical music in Croatia. If you want to be sure of getting to see the theatre, then be aware that sightseeing tours are available by prior arrangement, costing €3 per person.
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Box office open 08:00 - 14:00, Sat 09:00 - 13:00. Closed Sun. Open two hours before the show in Rijeka, and one hour before in Sušak. From July 26 (Rijeka Summer Nights) Open 09:00 - 16:00. Closed Sat, Sun.


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