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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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Another fine example of Pragues treasures

It is called Spanish because its Moorish architecture resembling Alhambra. Apart of serving as a museum it has concerts. This reformed synagogue has organ and the author ot the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is called Spanish because its Moorish architecture resembling Alhambra. Apart of serving as a museum it has concerts. This reformed synagogue has organ and the author ot the Czech national anthem who used to play organ in opposite catholic church and in nearby protestant church, was engaged by elders and played here also. On the first floor there is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited the Jewish Quarters. Very interesting historical place. Guide was very good. Attended live concert at the Spanish Synagoge.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is one of several synagogues in the Ghetto areas..Most are closed and are really historical..one has the names of those killed in the holocaust, one is museum of Jewish art and artifacts. The old cemetery is a sight to see very interesting and historical. I suggest you this with a guide or else you will miss much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

After five years living in Prague I finally managed to visit this jewel and I was impressed! It is worth buying the ticket which includes other synagogues and the cemetery but in my opinion this synagogue was absolutely the best! Make sure you reserve enough time to explore the exposition inside and soak in the athosphere of the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is one of the synagogues inside the area that is called the Jewish Museum in Prague. By buying the Jewish Museum ticket you can wander around and see a few synagogues, exhibits from the old Jewish town, a display of children drawings from the Terezinstadt ghetto and the Jewish old cemetery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This whole area is very interesting and provides an actual backdrop to the long term oppression suffered by Jewish people in Prague and Poland at large. The Spanish Synagogue gives an excellent account of the history of Polish Jews with actual artifices from various times. It should be compulsory for everyone to be told this story to remind us of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Highly recommend a visit! It's beautifully decorated on the inside, so detailed, very impressive! Also some interesting photos and stories on display on the upper level.

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This is a beautiful piece of art, architecture and history! Do take the time to see this amazing synagouge

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The outside of this synagogue is nothing special; nothing can prepare you for the exceptionally stunning interior - truly beautiful. Every surface - ceilings, walls, pillars - is covered with immaculate, glittering decoration. Geometric patterns stretch out into the distance. It was crowded when we went - a late morning in August - so this wasn't especially appealing; but the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This synagoga is magically beautiful inside! You can go on the main floor and to gallery. Orgel concerts in the evenings. The ceapest ticket option for entrance is 70 czkr if you want just to get inside this one, otherwise it is worthy to buy an extended ticket for Old jewish town.

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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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