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Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga)

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Address: Chervena 250/2, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number:
+420 224 819 456
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

The oldest surviving example of a medieval twin-nave synagogue, the...

The oldest surviving example of a medieval twin-nave synagogue, the early-Gothic structure was built during the 13th century.

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Small but precious, not to be missed

This synagogue is the oldest one in Europe and still in use today by Prague's Jewish community. The synagogue is neither impressively big nor richly decorated, but it is a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This synagogue is the oldest one in Europe and still in use today by Prague's Jewish community. The synagogue is neither impressively big nor richly decorated, but it is a beautiful space that radiates timelessness. It is an essential part of any tour of the Jewish quarter.

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Perugia, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This was hands down the best tour I've ever done in any country. It turned out to be a private tour due to low booking numbers, but instead of feeling awkward or difficult it was fascinating! Bonita was highly knowledgeable and friendly - within minutes we were chatting like old friends. She also gave me some tips of places to... More 

Thank mr-pleasure
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Disappointing; we were excited to visit the oldest synagogue in Prague, however we were upset to find that we had 'missed' the ticket sale 'deadline' for that day, although it was well within their admission hours and many other people were still venturing into the synagogue. When asking if we could buy tickets for the next day, we were rudely... More 

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Northumberland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Final part of the tour for us. For a small price take the full tour of the area. It gives a great insight into Jewish history in the area. Signs of which are very evident today. Recommended.

Thank Tony H
Hanoi, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, what a rip-off! Most expensive thing in Prague for least return Nice staff in the ticket shop, who also agreed it was expensive

Thank Tim C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

a good example of architecture to compare with others around the world. excellent place to pay respect to theose innocently killed or suffered. all the quarter there is worth observing and exploring

Thank Katri T
Reno, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

History, stories and legends! Amazing that this old building (built in the 13th century) has survived the travails of Europe to tell the stories of its architecture and people.

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Reviewed 28 December 2016

The Old-New Synagogue was built in 1270 and has been a house of prayer for over 700 years. Two huge octagonal pillars inside the hall anchor five-rib vaults on the ceiling. This is a historical as well as a culturally rich building. It is a place of peace and worship. Don't miss a chance to experience a piece of history... More 

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Beersheba, Israel
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Reviewed 24 December 2016

Very unusual synagogue with a clear aura of holiness. You need to know something about the history of Jews in Prague to truly appreciate the history this building has seen. Definitely is part of a visit to Jewish Prague and visiting nearby sides will enhance understanding and value from visiting this synagogue. If all you are after is a "thrill"... More 

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Reviewed 18 December 2016

The Old-New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Prague is a Gothic, 13th century building and is the oldest synagogue in Europe. A very interesting historical building that is well worth visiting. Obtaining tickets to enter the synagogue is a little confusing because until you go in to the building you are not aware they are required. Tickets can be... More 

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Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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