CHERNIVTSI DRAMA THEATER
name: Ukrainian Olha Kobulyanska Music and Drama Theater
Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner
Location: Teatralna ("Theater") square
Ukrainian Olha Kobylyanska Music and Drama Theater (formerly City Theater in
Elizabeth square) was built in 1904-1905 by Fellner & Helmer architect
bureau. The firm specialized in theater construction and developed 48 theater
buildings in Europe. In particular, it was the author of Vienna and Odessa
opera theaters, due to which Chernivtsi theater looks quite similar to them.
The building has Vienna modernist features and is a pure baroque example.
Initially the city coat of arms was placed above the pediment. The façade is
decorated with sculpture compositions (Apollo statue with a lute in his hands
surrounded by antique characters) placed above the entrance and side windows. Above
the front windows busts of William Shakespeare and Richard Wagner and placed. Other
walls show busts of Shevchenko, Pushkin, Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven, Schubert,
In 1909 a monument to the famous German playwright Friedrich
Schiller was erected in front of the main entrance which was remaining at that
place until 1921. On 1st September 1980 monument to Olha
Kobylyanska, a famous Ukrainian writer born in Chernivtsi was erected there
(sculptors A.Skyba, M.Miroshnychenko; architect O.Taratuta).
1977-1980 the theater was renovated and registered in the list of architecture
monuments of Ukraine.
GALLERY (click photos to enlarge)
So it looked when newly-built
The laurel wreath on the spire
Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer (source: wikipedia.org)
The memorial plaque to the architechts
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ludwig van Beethoven