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Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre

Hermann Helmer, Ferdinand Fellner

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Important events

(detail)1816 | opening
The first theatre on the site opened.
(detail)2.2.1888 | fire

(detail)2.12.1896 | opening
Opened with "Muza dela Burdujeni", "Cinel-Cinel", and "Poetul dramatic".


(detail)Hermann Helmer |main architect
The phenomenon of the architects Fellner and Helmer would be difficult to capture with only one building. Their work consisted of continual, although somewhat stereotypical, work in terms of style. They placed a great emphasis on achieving the technical-operational needs of theatre buildings. They created a large number of theatres (mainly national theatres) in Central Europe - Austria, Croatia, Romania, the Czech Republic, etc.More theatres


In 2015, the BBC included the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre in Iasi among the top seven theatres that “take your breath away.”

The building of the Vasile Alecsandri National Theatre in Iasi is an architectural masterpiece built to the plans of two famous Austrian architects, Fellner and Helmer. It contains genuine art monuments such as: the curtain painted with allegories by the Viennese artist M. Lenz and completed by one of his disciples; the ceiling, painted by Al. Goltz in pastel colours; the iron curtain and the 109-lightbulb Venetian crystal chandelier. The construction lasted for two years, from 1894 until 1896. The power plant of the theatre supplied electricity for the first public lighting system in Iasi (the Theatre Square was lit by 12 electric arc lamps), thus starting the electrification of the city.


Teatrul Național Vasile Alecsandri
18 Strada Agatha Bârsescu
700074, Iaşi


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