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“Amazing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Spanish Synagogue

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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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Amazing building shame you can't take photos inside. Lots of history regarding Jews in Prague and the Nazis. When reading the reports and seeing photos its pretty chilling.

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“Moving and spiritaul experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Nice structure, the inner place is breath taking. Classical music concerts are taking place inside. The place is accessible with wheel chairs.

Visited February 2013
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“One of our best experiences in Prague”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Had the pleasure of hearing a concert of primarily Gershwin (as well as other well known composers) in this stunning acoustically perfect
setting. Absolutely memorable.

Visited November 2012
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“Spaniards in the works”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

The finest synagogue in Prague, in a tremendous Spanish-Moorish style of the late 19th century. Some good displays and photos of the Jewish community.

Visited February 2013
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“Definitely worth seeing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

This was great - I would also recommend getting a tour of all the synagogues in the Jewish quarter. This is a must see including the Jewish cemetery and the Alt Neue Synagogue.

Visited January 2013
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