|The National Theatre (Národní divadlo) in Prague is a stunning neo-Renaissance building dating from 1868-83.
It is one of the three
opera houses in Prague. And for Czech people, the National Theatre is probably the most important cultural institution in the country.
The theatre sits majestically alongside the Vltava River, from where it is
instantly recognisable on sunny days by its golden roof gleaming in the sunshine.
It is situated next to Legions Bridge (Most Legii),
on the Old Town/New Town side, one bridge upstream from Charles Bridge.
Since inception, the National Theatre has been a symbol of the Czech National Revival. It has played a significant role in the development of the Czech language, Czech music and the country's dramatic arts.
The construction of the National Theatre was largely funded by private donations. But shockingly, on the 12th August 1891, just days before the official opening, the whole building was gutted by fire.
Within 6 weeks enough money had been raised to rebuild it. And just two years later, in 1883, it opened with a performance of Libuse by the famous Czech composer Bedřich Smetana.
The rich, artistic tradition continues at the National Theatre today, with a fine repertoire of opera and ballet, and Czech drama.
The National Theatre is 7-10 minutes walk from Wenceslas Square and 10 minutes from the Old Town Square, and is easily accessible by tram and metro.
For listings and to book tickets for the National Theatre:
Prague opera and ballet.
To discover more about the National Theatre, take one of the Prague tours:
Prague City Tour & Boat Trip
Prague Explorer Tour & Boat Trip.