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“History” 5 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Welcome to History, welcome to Prague the ancient and quaint City.

The architecture if breathaking, so many places to see and so many things to do.

You will not be bored.

Visited March 2014
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“Beautiful to see”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We visited the Spanish Synagogue after purchasing the all-inclusive ticket for all Jewish sites in Old Town Prague. Unfortunately we were unable to attend a concert here. The interior is splendid. There is a fair size display upstairs relating to history of the area during WW2.

Visited December 2013
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

I have never managed a trip inside but visited the exterior many times,quite a lovely building and very different from the ones that surround it.

Visited November 2013
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“Stunning decor-great concert venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We visited the synagogue as part of The Jewish Museum tour and it is a very impressive building with a beautiful Moorish decor and it houses part of the exhibition "the history of the Jews in Bohemia" which was very interesting.We later returned for a fantastic concert by the Czech Collegium comprising a brilliant string quintet and soprano and the hundred or so audience were treated to an hour of superb music and the synagogue has fantastic acoustics.

Visited February 2014
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“Stunning interior”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I found this synagogue a little strange. The painted and gilded walls and ceilings are stunning, but to me it looks more concert hall than synagogue. It certainly does not feel like a place of worship.
The exhibits telling the history of the Prague Jews during the Holocaust are very moving.

Visited January 2014
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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, responded to this review, 4 weeks ago
Thank you for your comment. There are regularly concerts taking place for public in the Spanish Synagogue but interestingly enough it is also one of the still active synagogues of Prague with regular religious services taking place in its splendid interior.
We will be happy to welcome you again.
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