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Review of Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoga)

Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoga)
Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic (Josefov)
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Ranked #41 of 1,243 things to do in Prague
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Owner description: 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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“Amazing!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

For me, tis is one of the most beautiful Synagogues in the word!!! But then, you will also feel the sad history of those who suffered with the Holocaust. It's a must see point, definitely!

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“WOW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

I went here two times, the first time I was there for a concert, which I can recommend anyone to do when you're in Prague and the accoustics made it a concert that still visits me in my dreams. The second time I went to have a look at what it's got to offer and I can say it is probably one of the most beautiful synagogues I have ever seen. Well preserved and maintained, nicely decorated and the staff are also friendly and always willing to provide more help and explanations.

Visited December 2011
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“A monument charged with History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Breathtaking inside architecture and very impressive documents displayed all around, give this museum a very special appeal and flavor. Would suggest to buy the Jewish Museum comprehensive Tour ticket, which includes visit in all the highlights of the Old Jewish Ghetto.

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“The best of five”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

No doubt, this is the best of five synagogues that travelers can visit in the Jewish Quarter of Prague. Although the outside is not outstanding, the interior is magnificently decorated in moorish style. For those interested in the history of the jews in Prague, there are plenty glass boxes showing photographs, documents, books, and items related to jewish writers, musicians, scientists, as well as those that were killed by the nazis.

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“Jewish Quarter Package”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

The package to got to 4 synagogues and the cementry is worth getting as they are all different in style , but near enough to walk from one to another. Moving at times, with some well documented displays- another side to Prague and its history

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