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“Visiting the jewish sites is a must do” 4 of 5 stars
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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“Visiting the jewish sites is a must do”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

As part of the jewish tour you need to visit this one. All sites together leave an imprint as the jewissh community got hit very hard in the 2nd WW but also in centuries before.

Visited February 2012
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“Stunning interior, and poignant exhibition.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

Don't be fooled by the dull exterior of this synagogue, inside is a stunningly impressive and beautiful ceiling and wall decoration. The exhibition on the first floor is worth the visit and the WW2 section makes you contemplate the enormity of the Jewish suffering in Prague.
Note entry into the Jewish Museum exhibits is only by cash, no cards accepted.

Visited January 2013
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“Saw this and other synagogues in the Jewish district”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We had a good wonder around the jewish district but disappointed at the charges to go in and see everything. Having been to Krakow and toured their jewish district, this was quite expensive by comparison.

Visited January 2013
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“Historically interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you are tight on time,you could skip this, but if you have the time, it's really a very interesting part of the city's history. We enjoyed walking around and reading the history.

Visited November 2012
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“Synagogue and Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

It is one of 5 synagogues we visited. This one was the most beautiful, but don't let the title fool you. It is not a Sephardi synagogue- it is an Ashkenazi one built by Spanish architect/designer. On Friday night they house a conservative service, and during the week concerts are held in the sanctuary. It also houses an interesting museum of the history of the Prague Jewish community until the War when, sadly, virtually the entire Jewish population was destroyed.

Visited December 2012
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