National theater

National Theater Photography Guide

City traffic by Zbyněk Hruboš
The National Theater across the street after sunset.
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The National Theatre (Czech: Národní divadlo) in Prague is known as the alma mater of Czech opera, and as the national monument of Czech history and art.

The National Theatre belongs to the most important Czech cultural institutions, with a rich artistic tradition, which helped to preserve and develop the most important features of the nation–the Czech language and a sense for a Czech musical and dramatic way of thinking.

Today the National Theatre consists of three artistic ensembles: opera, ballet and drama. They alternate in their performances in the historic building of the National Theatre, in the Theatre of the Estates and in the Kolowrat Theatre. All three artistic ensembles select their repertoire both from classical heritage, and modern authors. (source: Wikipedia)

Photographing the Theater

The Theater is located on the right bank of Vltava river and so it's visible from many spots on the opposite river side. This includes for example the Petřín Hill with its lookup tower or some of the spots at Letná. To focus only on the building, it's better to stay nearby, possibly just across the street as the title photo of this guide does.

As many other important builds in Prague, the National Theater is nicely lit in the night, so a dusk or night photography is definitely recommended here.

Written by Jiri Hajek

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