The National Theatre is one of the city's most emblematic buildings and is almost opposite the Catholic Cathedral, in the the middle of Avenida Habib Bourguiba. It's a good example of art nouveau architecture of the colonial city, designed by French architect Ferdinand Resplandy JE and built in 1902. It has been declared a historic monument. The original building had capacity for 1,000 spectators, in 1912 it was enlarged to 1,200 but kept the original facade. It seems to be made of meringue that highlights its arched galleries (forming ground floor access, and on top forming a balcony) and is decorated with white floral plaster reliefs and fantastic figures by the sculptor M.