Well known by Czechs and tourists alike by its glimmering golden rooftop, The National Theatre embodies the will of the Czech people, their national identity and fight for independence. Just before the opening in 1881, a fire broke out destroying much of the theatre. The fire was deemed a national catastrophe and great determination to collect new funds and rebuild followed. Within 6 weeks’ time, enough money was raised and two years later in 1883, it opened with a performance of Libuše by Bedřich Smetana. Today, the theatre remains a wonderful place to see  ballet, concerts and Czech drama.