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Address: Vezenska 141/1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 222 749 211
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Permanent exhibitions:

The History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, Part...

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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Place of beauty, sadness and hope - must visit place

I visited Prague in the past but never had time to visit this beautiful place. Ticket costs 70 Czech crowns/visitor. The inside is breath taking with rich decoration. Part of the... read more

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I visited Prague in the past but never had time to visit this beautiful place. Ticket costs 70 Czech crowns/visitor. The inside is breath taking with rich decoration. Part of the synagogue is also exhibition of silver items from other Czech synagogues. Extremely good is exposition of the history of Czech Jews - with text in Czech and English. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful synagogue, love how it has been kept up - and the small exhibits about the Jews of Prague inside. So happy this was not destroyed, as it should be cherished and visited.

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All over Central and Eastern Europe you find places of Jewish heritage...sadly always telling the history of thousands of Jews in a certain town and that now they are gone :( But visit the different synagogues in Prague was well worth it.

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We were lucky to attend a concert here one evening. It is a gorgeous synagogue with interesting historical facts about the Jewish community of Prague.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On the outside it is a not interesting building, but it is worth going inside for a revelation !!! Is beautiful !!!! The name of this synagogue makes a real sense inside, since it is really a work that brings us back to the Spanish interior architecture, very ornate and rich. Place with history and to see with calm because... More 

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Thank you for your review. We'll be pleased to welcome you again in the Jewish Museum in Prague! More 

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butiful decorating. very good acustic.butiful vitruses (windows). nuce colection of jewish history items/

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the spanish synagogue located in the jewish quarter of prague,it is one of the oldest buildings in the city , and last restored in the 1190s,after it was destroyed when the nazis rule of the city. it is a square building a czech architect v ullmann designed the synagogue with glasswork designed by B&M from germany,you can see islamic,spanish and... More 

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You are happy when you see that inside is not modern. It s funny because the style is moresque and it seems to be in a mosquee.

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Very impressive, very informative and we'll kept. We bought tickets to all main synagogues which is suggested because all of them are somewat different but interesting, informativ and close by.

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Very ornate interior. Visiting the synagogue is only possible by buying a very expensive ticket to 5 Jewish attractions plus the audio.

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Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighborhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighborhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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