Friday, September 16, 2011:What a Ceiling!
There are ceilings, and then there are ceilings. Looking at this one can keep you entertained for hours.
It’s hard to believe this famous building started out as a simple wooden structure in 1859. It was used only in summers for theatrical productions.
Its staff was headed by Bedřich Smetana until he left in 1882.
A few years later, the present theatre was built in the neo-rococo style. It was designed by two Viennese architects with the first names Hermann and Ferdinand, respectively.
Until the end of World War II, busts of Mozart, Goethe, and Schiller sat on the pediment. Today on the pediment of the classic facade you’ll find the chariot of Dionysus and the muse Thalia.
The building erected for the German Theatre Association was built thanks to private donations, and the inaugural Wagner opera was performed here in 1888.
Its identity can be found by scrolling down this page. Give yourself an extra point if you know the last name of the Viennese architects. – oo
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The State Opera; Fellner.
Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička