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Spanish Synagogue

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Address: Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 222 749 211
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Description: Permanent exhibitions: The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia...
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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Wonderful building in Moorish style : very special for a synagoge.

Not only a wonderful building but on the 1st floor there is also an exhibition about the Jews during WWII in Prague. At the same time it is a place of beauty and of a horrible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Not only a wonderful building but on the 1st floor there is also an exhibition about the Jews during WWII in Prague. At the same time it is a place of beauty and of a horrible past.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was part of our self tour of the Jewish section of Prague. A very beautiful building with lots of history. Ornately done it is a peaceful place. You can photograph the outside by going to the side street off to the left.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Very pretty building! Took an hour to go round all the displays and read about recent Czech Jewish life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Entrance fee: 300CZK This is the first ever synagogue I have been to and I was impressed. It's very beautiful inside and the history of that place is presented very well. We spent an hour inside. The artefacts and pictures with commentary about the Jews during the Holocaust is interesting. Shouldn't miss this gem if you're visitng the Jewish quarter!

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we are happy you enjoyed your visit and we´ll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This was my first visit to a synagogue and I came away impressed. This one is very pretty and very well maintained. Shouldn't miss it.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review - a good choice for a first synagogue visit! We are looking forward seeing you again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

I felt like this was the most interesting site in the Jewish district. The exhibitions and artefacts about the Jewish community in Prague were interesting and presented in an effective way. A place to keep remembering History. Absolutely necessary

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we are happy you enjoyed your visit and we´ll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Spanish Synagogue in Prague is one the most beautiful synagogue and fortunately photography is allowed. The most remarkable part is the style of the interior, lots of gold color as you notice in the pictures. I would suggest to allocate at least half a day to visit and walk the Jewish cartier since the whole area is nice. Basically... More 

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Thank you very much, we are happy you enjoyed your visit and we´ll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This was one of 3 Synagogues we visited in Prague and the most ornate. It is sad to see they all have a guard at the front entrance as a sign of continuing anti semitism. Admission fee required.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we are happy you enjoyed your visit and we´ll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The detailed pattern inside the synagogue is just impressive. This is my favorite synagogue with one of the best pilsner restaurants just in front.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review

Thank you very much, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and we´ll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Before coming to Prague, I asked Anna from Terezin Private Tours to guide me through the Jewish quarter. She gave me a wonderful tour through all of the buildings of the area, sharing the history of each building and explaining the history in detail. Anna is passionate about this subject and a delightful person to spend a few hours with.... More 

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jewishmuseminprague, Guest Relations Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy you enjoyed the guided tour. All of our tour guides have to sit rather difficult history exams and are professionally trained to answer your questions and give you necessary feedback. We do recommend to do a guided tour in case you are interested in more detail and to fully... More 

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Address: Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 222 749 211
Location: Europe  >  Czech Republic  >  Bohemia  >  Prague>  > Josefov

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Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighborhood 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 neighborhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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