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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Address: Vezenska 141/1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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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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Very interesting place and area. Quiet place on Saturday - recommended

Very interesting place and area. Quiet place on Saturday - recommended. Near by to Bridge and Promenad

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Very interesting place and area. Quiet place on Saturday - recommended. Near by to Bridge and Promenad

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Stunning and breathtaking journey to a world in itself. did not expect this and wish more people can see this.

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A stunning synagogue. Very ornate with information about Jewish culture. Buy as part of ticket to Jewish area.

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In our short vacation in Prague we did a attend a few different concerts across the town in several churches and other venues, not in including the opera, philarmonic or national theater. The Spanish Synagogue concert offered the best combination of a well mixed programme excelent for teens, including Verdi, Orf, Piazzola, Weber with an authentic and quality performance. All... More 

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This is a beautiful church, so ornate and with stunning decorations. Strongly recommend a visit to this synagogue, especially after you have visited the other synagogues and museums in the Jewish Quarter.

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We visited the Spanish Synagogue twice, once to look at the museum exhibits regarding the community before the Holocaust, and once in the evening for a concert by the Czech Collegium. I highly recommend doing both. Acoustics were marvelous. Seats were hard and tightly packed with everyone in winter coats, but it was a marvelous experience.

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The Spanish synagoge is a part of the Jewish Museum. As part of this museum it is full of showcases with information about..... I don't know, because I was just interested in the beautiful interior of this synagoge: painted with different patterns, different colours. Just beautiful.

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We are always visiing Jewish sites in all the places we travel to. It is an interest of ours and is always first on our list of [laces to see or visit. This takes the cake! Apart from the building itself, a kaleidescope of colours, the exhibition is a must as it tells the Jewish history of The Czech Repbublic.... More 

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The synagogue, with it's ornate decorations is a site to behold. I took many pictures and use them for a class in geometry!!

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You have to pay to visit the Synagogue, but it is not expensive. The Synagogue itself is pretty beautiful inside.

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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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