Of all the things one might expect not to find on a Central Dalmatian island, perhaps the oldest public theatre in Europe would make the list. And yet that is exactly what you can find in Hvar Town on its famous main square.
The Hvar Public Theatre was opened in 1612 during Venetian rule, long before Paris, Vienna or even Venice itself has a public theatre. The Hvar theatre has had a rich history, but for the last 20 years it has been closed for restoration.
That restoration has finally been completed, and the theatre opened for its first performance this century on May 1, and quite magnificent she looked as well.
There will be ongoing performances throughout the year, and tourists will also have the opportunity to visit both the theatre and the Arsenal building on the floor below, which has also just reopened after its own renovation. Tickets can be arranged by the Hvar Tourist Board, which is conveniently located under the theatre on the main square.
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