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“Floored By The Beauty--And The History!” 5 of 5 stars
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Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoga)
Vezenska 1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic (Josefov)
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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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“Floored By The Beauty--And The History!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This Synagogue is jaw-droppingly beautiful. The gold leaf, architecture and mosaic work are just phenomenal. The upstairs exhibit on the history Prague's holocaust victims is very moving and worth visiting for perspective on the city during WWII.

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“Good museum inside.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

Visited the Spanish Synagogue for the museum and wasn't disappointed. It tells the history of the Prague / Czeck Jews very well. Had a lot of background knowledge and an interest in the Holocaust already so this probably helped!

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“Fabulous”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Don't think you'll see anything like it anywhere, least of all in Spain. A beautiful place we got to visit on our guided tour of the Jewish Quarter- a must-do in Prague.

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“Beautiful decorations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

This Synagogue can be visited as a stand alone. It is very ornate , lovely light through the windows and beautiful decoration in , as suggested by its name, in Spanish style. The small museum (only one room) is also a good reason to visit. The displays upstairs includes pictures by children from the Terezin ghetto. A place to reflect on the tribulations and sufferings of the Jewish people in Europe.

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“Spanish Synagogue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Amongst all other synagogues in Prague, the spanish synagogue is by fat the nicest.
Very well laid out exposition describing the life of the jews in those times.
One can again realize how the jews where persecuted during those years and then even more wonder how some head of states can deny the holocaust

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