This is the oldest synagogue in Eastern Europe, built in the 13th century. It stands oddly, and unpretentiously, alone on the street where it is located. It requires a separate admission from the other sites of the Jewish Quarter. But don't miss walking down the steps from the street to visit this small, still-active site of Jewish worship. Inside, quite simply but beautifully, the building evokes medieval religious experience in general as well as Jewish religion in particular (Christians, not Jews, actually built this synagogue). There was only one other couple touring the synagogue when we visited in March 2013. One of the volunteer attendants, Marianne -- a Holocaust survivor who spoke perfect English -- approached us and we talked for a half hour about post-World War II Prague and the role that the Old-New Synagogue still plays for the few Jews who live today in Prague. Even though we spent less than an hour inside, the Old-New Synagogue remains is one of our most vivid memories of Prague.
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