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Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoga)

Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
224-819-456
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Ranked #30 of 276 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Built on the site where The Old Shul (oldest Jewish prayer house) once stood, the Moorish-style...
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Built on the site where The Old Shul (oldest Jewish prayer house) once stood, the Moorish-style synagogue houses exhibitions retelling the history of the Bohemian and Moravian Jews from the end of the 18th century through World War II.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The Spanish Synagogue in Prague is a must-see for anyone with a shred of interest in the history of Prague and/or central Europe. Hitler wanted to make Prague a museum for an extinct people, so Jewish sites in Prague were spared. Thank goodness, because they are so important. This synagogue also happens to be spectacularly beautiful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Bought tickets for a Gershwin (Jazz) concert that day outside the site for adults-700ck, students (21-26) -600ck. Concert started at 5.30pm. First thing I noticed was that the synagogue was a lot smaller than pictured on the brochure, but that probably allowed the architects to make the interior as detailed as it is. The symmetrical patterns spread across every inch... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

The interior of the synagogue is stunning and designed in a Moorish style. It is one of the most beautiful interiors that I have ever seen in a synagogue. It is well work the $2.50 to see it. We found an evening orchestra performance that was going to be played in the synagogue just so we could sit there and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

What an interesting synagogue! It is very ornate and beautiful and my favorite of the various ones we saw in Eastern Europe. The small fee is worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This cynagogue was definitely most beautiful one from all of the other ones. The differest stories that are told in the cynagogue and some of the stories of these cynagogue are really interesting and quite amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

A must see on your visit to Prague. Breathtaking renovated interior. Our visit gave an incredible historic perspective to the pre WWII Jewish community of Prague.

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Haifa, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

One of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever seem. The wall are covers with gold decorations. It is pity they don't let to take pictures there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

If I had not visited the Spanish Synagogue, I would never have known that one of my favorite 19th century composers, Gustav Mahler, was Czech! There he is, in a display case along with other notable Czech composers in the synagogue's balcony. Other display cases feature Jewish Czech writers, artists and so forth. The gorgeous ornate interior of the building... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

As unique as this synagogue is in style, and as drenched in history as it is, you really don't want to miss it. Not nearly the crowds of the Jewish Cemetery and plenty of history. A small fee will get you in, but it's so worth it. There's also the Franz Kafka statue out front for a photo op!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful interiors we saw in Prague. The marrying of Moorish design with the synagogue layout was wonderful. The intricate decorations from the walls and ceiling to the lighting were all spectacular. In particular the folding of the Jewish motifs (Star of David) into the designs was subtle and clever. The exhibits were also quite... More 

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