Estates Theatre magnetic jigsaw puzzle
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Put Together Your World (Sestav si svůj svět®) – an image that will remind you of the places you have visited, the sights you have seen, and that which you experienced there ... Every part of the magnetic jigsaw interlocks with any of the other parts, thus making it possible for you to create a unique reminiscent decoration that can be further extended and changed.
The theatre was built in 1783 upon the initiative of Count Franz Anton Nostitz-Rieneck, an enlightened aristocrat led by the desire to aggrandise his native city of Prague. It opened with the premiere of G. E. Lessing’s tragedy Emilia Galotti. The first, sporadic Czech-language performances were held in 1785, yet by 1812 the theatre hosted regular Sunday and holiday matinees in Czech. Inscribed above the portal is the motto Patriae et Musis (To the Homeland and the Muses), which has retained its validity to the present day.
The theatre building itself was constructed in the Neo-Classical style and is one of the precious few in Europe to have been preserved in its almost original state. Originally the Count Nostitz Theatre, in 1798 it was bought by the Czech Estates, who went on to rename it the Royal Estates Theatre. In 1862, it was renamed again, this time the Royal Provincial German Theatre, and was earmarked solely for German productions. In 1948, it acquired the name the Tyl Theatre and would be known as such until 1990, when it regained its historical name, the Estates Theatre.