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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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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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Synagogue with Moorish Influence

A must see if you are touring Jewish Quarter. The interior has a lot of exhibits about their history and the various events affecting the synagogue and their folks. Just as... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A must see if you are touring Jewish Quarter. The interior has a lot of exhibits about their history and the various events affecting the synagogue and their folks. Just as astonishing is the design of the interior is unique. The Moorish style is very apparent. it is definitely a worthwhile visit.

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This synagogue is very impressive and how its manage to remain untouched and preserved. The books inside are very old, and well kept. With one ticket you can visit five synagogues around the block.

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As I didn't have enough time to visit the Jewish cemetery, museum and all the synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, I was happy to pay the reasonable admission price of 70 coruna to see just the Spanish Synagogue. This impressive synagogue is the "youngest" in the city, built in the 1800's. The style of the interior is beautiful and ornate,... More 

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Amazing architect with a good historical review on display. Quiet different from the other preserved synagogues int he Jewish Quarter. Certainly worth the price of admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After tge terrible experience in the old new synagogue we kept our promise and went to the Spanish and the museum. The ticket includes all in one (beside the oldnew and Jerusalem) It was beautiful real and educational.

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Definitely a worthy stop on any Jewish Quarter tour. Beautiful interior lined with shadow boxes of jewish artifacts and information. A great stop on any Jewish Quarter tour.

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Well worth visiting in the Jewish Quarter. Ornate interior with a very good display of documents, ornate silverware and personal effects from members of the Jewish community. I was appalled at the ignorant (in both senses of the word) behaviour of some of the tour groups. Talking and laughing in what is a place of worship and remembrance. Most didn't... More 

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Awesome, breathtaking, there is the whole secret city, catacombs and the legend of clay robot - Golem.

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The Spanish synagogue is just one of a number of sites that make up the Jewish museum in Prague, but it is certainly the prettiest. Very ornate, but much more tasteful than the 'Catholic bling' of many local churches it is a must see, in my opinion. The synagogue now houses an exhibition on the Jewish community in Bohemia and... More 

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The architecture of the synagogue is amazing and there's a lot of history displayed inside. Incredibly insightful.

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Josefov
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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