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Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoga)

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Address: Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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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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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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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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 (Spanelska Synagoga), 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 (Spanelska Synagoga), 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Our family have just returned from a fabulous tour of Jewish Quarter with Anna Kristyna Sion. We learnt so much and were completely looked after for the day. It is necessary to have a good guide who will tell you about synagogues before you walk in. I can not recommend Anna enough.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoga), 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I dare to say this is one of the most amazing and beautiful religious buildings I've seen and i have visited quite a few around Europe! Definitely worth visiting and you also get to see some of the historic events summarised of what the Jews in Czech Republic went through during the WW time. Half hour would be enough to... More 

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Thank you very much and we are looking forward your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Spanish synagogue was our last stop of touring the Jewish quarter with Anna Kristyna Sion. She was amazing and made Prague Jewish quarter unforgettable! It is absolutely necessary to have a good guide there otherwise you'll be another person complaining about the price of ticket and poor exhibitions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

A lovely synagogue with beautiful architecture and detailed deisgn. The museum upstairs provided a sombering look at Czech Jew life.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This was a most educational and interesting visit, and the restoring of the interior of the synagogue was magnificent. The monument with inscription to the victims of the Nazis was impressive in its simplicity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

The Jewish quarter and the Spanish Synagogue are worth visiting. Buy the combined ticket so you can get the full pictour.of the Jewish quarter. Do not take the audio guide. Not enough information, expensive and too dramatic. The cemetry and the Spanish synagogue are the best parts of the tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

It is not only beautiful to see and visit but like most old buildings it is filled with stories of horror and other legends. In the old days a Jewish girl fell in love with a monk from the Catholic monastery in front of the Synagogue. The romance went on for a while until by accident the abbot of the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Stunning interior to this synagogue, so ornate and beautiful. The exhibition was OK but the main draw is the synagogue itself. Worth a visit

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Josefov
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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