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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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The minute you enter the main hall you just have to stop and gasp. The space is bedazzling in its decoration, and the way the space and light play with each other will leave you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The minute you enter the main hall you just have to stop and gasp. The space is bedazzling in its decoration, and the way the space and light play with each other will leave you gaping for a few moments. Along the entire two floors are displays indicating Jewish history in the Czech Republic, which were all very informative, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Worth a stop on your travels through Prague. Beautiful history preserved. Modest but poignant collection inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Spanish Synagogue is architecturally beautiful. It has a very special feeling to it. There are also reasonable concerts there some evenings which are worth going to. This is definitely worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building and architecture! As well as rich history displayed inside it. Highly recommended when visiting Prague. Interesting Note: Nothing Spanish about the Synagogue except for its architecture and design. The Jews who built it and prayed in it weren't from Spain at all. They just wanted to build a building that's different and incredible

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It was the first time I had ever been in a synagogue. And this was a good one to start with. Absolutely beautiful. And with a lot of historical souvenirs and explanations. Helpful to get a point of reference.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Only built in the 19th century, this synagogue is spectacular. Architecturally similar to a mosque, this house of worship is ornate and breathtaking. Very special.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The greatest problem with visiting the Spanish Synagogue is knowing where to look first. Every centimetre is richly decorated. Its claim to be the most beautiful synagogue in Europe is hard to dispute. We were fortunate enough to return the following day for an amazing concert by a phenomenal string quartet, joined by a superb soprano and trumpeter. Don't miss... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A very nice place to visit with the other synagogues located in the same area. For the enire sites forecast half day minimum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We knew we wanted to do the Jewish Quarter, but it is one of the most expensive things you can do in Prague and with our knowledge of Jewish history and culture only being so so, we wanted to make the most of it. So having looked through various reviews on here, we kept noticing the same name crop-up time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Very interesting, very touching, a lot of details but very hot and crowded during the summer months.

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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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