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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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I had never seen a synagogue so I didn’t know what expected. The synagogue is very beautiful and it’s worth staying in line to buy the ticket.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I had never seen a synagogue so I didn’t know what expected. The synagogue is very beautiful and it’s worth staying in line to buy the ticket.

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

Thank you very much for saying that and we will be happy to welcome you again! More 

Kigali Rwanda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The Spanish Synagogue alongside the other memorials in Prague are extremely well done. The drowning of 600 years of Jewish history during the holocaust and its resurrection after provides a critically-needed light of hope in our world. The entire tour of the Jewish quarter, including the Jewish museum, is a must-see while here.

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

Thank you very much, we appreciate your review and we will look forward your next visit of the Jewish Museum in Prague. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This must be on your top ten places to visit whilst in Prague. Small fee to enter but worth a look around to see and read about the history

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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 

Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Beautiful synagogue, although I think some are nicer?? Esp Budapest! No flash, or the hidden little ladies will step out from the dark and scold you.

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

Thank you for your review. Considering the uniqueness of the sites we believe the no flash policy is adequate. Thank you for your understanding and we are looking forward your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

The interior is quite gorgeous and is comparable (if smaller), to the top tier of churches and mosques. The style is Spanish (or moorish?) which makes it really unique to see. Definitely worthwhile visiting. The prominent Jewish history of Prague is presented in an interesting way through artifacts along with commentary. There's also a history of how the Holocaust wiped... More 

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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

So much history in Josefov. It was initially a bit confusing, trying to understand where things were located, how it was situated, and where we needed to go, but once we spoke with a ticket agent, it all made sense. Josefov was crowded the day we went - all the synagogues, all the museums, even the cemetery were full of... More 

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

Thank you very much and we will look forward your next visit. JMP also offers guided tours around all its sites and/or it is possible to hire an audio guide in various languages to suit individual needs of our visitors. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

When I saw pictures of the Spanish synagogue, I immediately knew that I had to see it. I was right: it was simply stunning! Such beautiful patterns and decorations! I simply loved it. It was the most beautiful sight in all of Prague for me. If you want to take pictures, purchase a photo license. It costs 70 CZK and... More 

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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. We are very happy that JMP is consistently the most visited museum in the Czech Republic, annually visited by 550.000 to 600.000 visitors. During the high season, especially during certain hours, such an interest can make your visit less pleasant. The ticket is valid for seven days, however, so we highly recommend to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My husband and I visited Prague in April. We were recommended to book a private tour of the Jewish quarter with Anna Kristyna Sion. Anna met us at our hotel promptly and 9am and escorted us the short walk to the Jewish quarter. Anna is an excellent and very knowledgeable tguide and student of the Jewish history of Prague. We... More 

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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 unejoyed your guided tour. Anna is one of the most appreciated and most often recommended tour guides. Lookign forward your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Bought a ticket for all the Jewish Quarter sites and this was my favorite. Its quite quick to go around but just absolutely beautiful. Great just to sit and take it all in.

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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, the Spanish synagogue is usually among visitors' favorite sites of the JMP because of its stunning beauty. We are looking forward your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We were lucky enough to sign up for a tour of the Jewish quarter with Anna Kristyna Sion. The tour included the temple and cemetery. Anna was so knowledgable and patient, as one of the members of our family was in a wheelchair. Anna was able to accommodate all of us, with different levels of interest and knowledge. She is... More 

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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, Anna Kristyna is very popular among our visitors because of her passion and knowledge. We place great emphasis on the conduct of our guides - they are all trained and have to pass rather difficult comprehensive history exams in order to guide in the Jewish Quarter - Josefov. Looking forward your next visit! More 

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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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