CHERNIVTSI DRAMA THEATER
Chernivtsi Drama Theater. Teatralna Square. Ukraine

Chernivtsi Drama Theater. Teatralna Square

Chernivtsi Ukrainian Olha Kobylyanska Music and Drama Theater (formerly City Theater in Elizabeth Square) was built in 1904-1905 by Fellner & Helmer architect bureau. The firm specialized in theater construction and developed 48 theater buildings in Europe. In particular, they were authors of Vienna and Odessa opera theaters, owing to which the Chernivtsi's theater looks quite similar to them.

Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner

So the Theater looked soon after its erection

So the Drama Theater looked soon after its erection. Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

The building has Vienna modernist features and is a pure baroque example. Initially the city coat of arms was placed above the pediment. The façade is decorated with sculpture compositions (Apollo statue with a lute in his hands surrounded by antique characters) placed above the entrance and side windows. Above the front windows busts of William Shakespeare and Richard Wagner and placed. Other walls show busts of Shevchenko, Pushkin, Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Haydn.

The Apollo statue

The Apollo statue, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Relief portrait of William Shakespeare

Relief portrait of William Shakespeare, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Another relief portrait, this time of Richard Wagner

Relief portrait of Richard Wagner, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Portrait sculpture of Taras Shevchenko

Sculptured portrait of Taras Shevchenko, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Joseph Haydn

Sculptured portrait of Joseph Haydn, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sculptured portrait of Johann Wolfgang von Goether, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Ludwig van Beethoven

Sculptured portrait of Ludvig van Beethoven, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

In 1909 a monument to the famous German playwright Friedrich Schiller was erected in front of the main entrance, which had been remaining at its place until 1921. On September 1, 1980 monument to Olha Kobylyanska, a famous Ukrainian writer born in Bukovyna and creating in Chernivtsi was erected at this place (sculptors A.Skyba, M.Miroshnychenko; architect O.Taratuta).

Former monument to Schiller

Former Friedrich Schiller monument, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

The Theater and the Schiller monument

Schiller monument, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Today's Olha Kobylyanska monument

today's Olha Kobylyanska monument, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Theater's dome

dome, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

The laurel wreath on its spire

laurel wreath, spire of the dome, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Former place of the city's coat of arms

former place of the city's coat of arms, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

The memorial plaque to theater's designers

Memorial plaque to designers, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine

Panorama of Teatralna Square

Panorama of Teatralna Square, Drama Theater, Chernivtsi, Teatralna Square Elizabethplatz, Ukraine
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