National Theatre

National Theatre

Belgrade’s National Theatre is arguably the best monument to Prince Michael since he was the first modern European like ruler in Serbia, considering his father’s conservatism. Prince Michael wanted to create country with modern institutions in spite of all the opposition that finally resulted with Kosutnjak assassination in which he was killed in 1868. Back then, theatre shows like other cultural events were organized in local restaurants since there was no theatre building in the whole country. Prince Michael was determined to solve this problem, so he trusted young Serbian architect, Aleksandar Bugarski with the project that was to be finished only after Prince Michael’s death, unfortunately. Theatre building had suffered severe damage during wars that were to follow and today’s appearance has drifted considerably in the wrong direction from Bugarski’s original idea.