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“Best of the Synagogues to visit in Prague” 5 of 5 stars
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Spanish Synagogue
Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic (Josefov)
+420 222 749 211
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Ranked #33 of 1,345 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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“Best of the Synagogues to visit in Prague”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

all the other synagogues are very minimalistic but this is very ornate. Moorish style interior, very unexpected.

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“Special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Beautiful synagogue in Moorish style - we attended a Friday service there which was very moving. Ceilng is amazing

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“Great for a concert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This synagogue is a must in the Jewish quarter. Simply beautiful. We heard a concert here with musicians from the Prague Symphony Orchestra and it was fabulous, the acoustics were great.

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“you have to see it......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

If you have any appreciation of history, this a stop you need to make. The interior of the building and the story that accompanies it is overwhelming. Plan on at least an hour or two to absorb the significance of this synagogue and the bizarre logic that prevented its destruction.

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“Place to learn about history of Jews in Czech lands”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Unfortunately I did not have time to visit also other synagogues, but even visit of this only one taught me many details about the history of Jews. They have the exhibition explaining interesting details of their history - the most touching part for me: originals of letters and paintings made by children in Terezin ghetto, incl. photos of these, today no name, children that never survived the war. In the side room of the synagogue you can see the exhibition of silver objects used in church services. Worth for visit!

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