Smetana Gardens (Smetanovy sady) ends with the first-class building of the J. K. Tyl Theatre which was constructed 1899-1902 to the design of Antonin Balsanek. It is built in Neo-Renaissance style with fin-de-siecle elements.
The theatre was purposely built in contrast to the Prague National Theatre and was intended to underline the patriotic and cultural strivings of a new, powerfully developing Bohemian Plzen.
It is decorated with sculptural works by leading Czech artists, e. g. the sculptors F. Hergesell, V. Amort, F.Stransky , L. Saloun, F. Rous, A. Prochazka and painters J. Mandl, F. Urban, F. Frohlich, K. V. Masek. The curtain was designed by Augustin Nemejc.
Recently, in 1982, the theatre underwent expensive renovation and now shines again in its full glory. On the southern apron there is a statue of Tyl by Alois Soper.
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