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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Address: Vezenska 141/1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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Permanent exhibitions:

The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, Part...

Permanent exhibitions:

The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, Part 2

This exhibition deals with the history of the Jews in the Bohemian lands from the reforms of Joseph II in the 1780s to the period after the Second World War.

It highlights the gradual advancement toward greater equality and emancipation for Jews in Austria-Hungary, describes the foundation of the Czech-Jewish and Zionist movements, and profiles the most important Jewish entrepreneurs, scientists, writers, musicians and artists (including Franz Kafka, Sigmund Freud and Gustav Mahler). It also deals with the redevelopment of the Prague Jewish Town, Jewish sites of Bohemia and Moravia, and the history of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Special focus is on the Shoah of Jews from Bohemia and Moravia, and the Terezin ghetto.

Synagogue Silver from Bohemia and Moravia

Located on the upper floor, this permanent exhibition features a representative selection of more than 200 of the most valuable silver artefacts from the museum's collections.

Most space is given over to Torah ornaments - shields, pointers, finials and crowns. Also on display are charity boxes, pitcher and basin sets for hand washing, Shabbat spice boxes, Kiddush cups, Hanukkah and Shabbat candles, and charity collection trays.

The Spanish Synagogue is part of the Jewsh museum in Prague.

The Spanish Synagogue is the most recent synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

Built in 1868 for the local Reform congregation on the site of the 12th-century Altschul, which was the oldest synagogue in the Prague ghetto.

It was called the Spanish Synagogue for its impressive Moorish interior design, influenced by the famous Alhambra. The building was designed by Josef Niklas and Jan Bělský, the remarkable interior (from 1882–83) by Antonín Baum and Bedřich Münzberger.

František Škroup, the composer of the Czech national anthem, served as organist here in 1836-45.

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A really enjoyable evening. Well worth booking. Beautiful music & singing. Do not be put off by the synagogues exterior!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A really enjoyable evening. Well worth booking. Beautiful music & singing. Do not be put off by the synagogues exterior!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I did the tour of all the synagogues, and this was by far, the most beautiful. The interior was stunning. It was interesting doing the tour, but the people working on the doors, selling tickets were particularly rude and unapproachable.

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What kind of idiot would post review saying"didnt like it - all was written in jewish (ita hebrew fyi)?! There is english and czech explanation on each object. Note tickets are confusing - you cant just buy entrance to one building. 330 czk buys you entry to all main synagogues plus cemetery. You CAN TAKE PICTURES but be respectful dont... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It feels as though you may be in part of the Alhambra for its Moorish decor. It even has a couple of organs. The displays are very informative and describe Jewish life and culture in Prague throughout its history. Recommended only for those who are interested in history and culture.

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We left the Spanish Synagogue to our last day. That was a mistake! When purchasing a ticket for entry to the synagogue you gain entry to the full range of city centre venues which are open to the public. I think there are 6 in total. The ticket is valid for a few days - I think it was 7... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the Spanish Synagogue as part of the package ticket for the Jewish Museum. I'd highly recommend not only just this Synagogue, but the whole museum. It's incredibly informative, and the Spanish Synagogue especially is full of beautiful architecture.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly, I believe you can only visit the synagogue as part of a package, ticket bought at the Klausen Synagogue (next to the Jewish Cemetery). The inside of this building is exquisite, and every inch is covered in stunning Moorish / Jewish style artwork. It's a MUST see if you like visiting places of worship or simply like seeing beautiful... More 

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We visited this as part of the one hour concert you can attend. We are by no means typically into this kind of thing but thought it would be a memorable experience. The sound is amazing with the 5pce orchestra and opera singer. A good sample of different types of music. The Synagogue itself is so finely decorated with such... More 

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At first we almost couldn't find this place. There's not too much signs in Prague so I recommend purchasing a good map! The synagogue was beautifully preserved and had some information in English.

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The side entrance of this synagogue is really non-descript and gives no clue to the beauty which lies within. This interior is stunning and there are really interesting and moving displays inside chronicling the history of the Jewish people in Prague and Czechoslovakia. I defy anyone to read and consider the displays and not be deeply moved. As Europe and... 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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