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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Address: Vezenska 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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They say that it is the most beautiful synagogue in Europe, and they are probably right The altar is with golden and blue colors, it has 2 floors and a huge organ They often... read more

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They say that it is the most beautiful synagogue in Europe, and they are probably right The altar is with golden and blue colors, it has 2 floors and a huge organ They often organize classic and other kind of concerts

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We have visited all the synogogues in the Jewish Museum, but this was by far our favorite. The interior is just impressive. It left us with the mouth open. It is so richly ornamentated. You won't regret visiting it! I do not know if it is all the time like that, but we found it full of tourists, tour groups... More 

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A stunning place. We saw it first on a tour of the Jewish quarter. We then went there for a concert. Well worth the experience. One of the most beautiful synagogues in the worth.

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Oh dear. So much more could of been made of these exhibits. They could of been supplemented by film of the era, or follow a family through all the hardships endured. Better use of interactive media could of made it fascinating. More supplementary languages to explain the exhibits in detail would if been useful as a lot of them were... More 

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It is really a shock to see so beautiful indoor deco and you have also a very interesting small museum inside

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This is reportedly the most beautiful synagogue in Europe. The walls and ceilings were stunning. The pews were roped off so you couldn't sit down. The geometric shapes around the room were stunning. It's definitely worth a visit.

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This was one of many synagogues we visited in the Jewish Quarter here in Prague. It has a beautiful interior. Perhaps I would have been even more impressed if I had not already seen so many synagogues and churches. I definitely recommend having a tour guide when you visit the Jewish Quarter. It is well worth the cost.

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Thank you very much and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum. More 

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Me and my two daughters really enjoyed the visit and learning about new cultures! To learn about the history of a religion that has survived persecutions and torture, it was more than a pleasure to learn about it in the old synagogue. Really interesting.

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This really is a stunning structure and well worth the visit. The inside of the church has a real Mediterranean feel with Arabic influence. Up stairs gives a little history on the Jewish loss in the war .

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I loved seeing this synagogue in person. The ornateness is so splendid. I loved that on the second level is an exhibition on the history of the Spanish Synagogue. In the front of the Spanish Synagogue is the Kafka sculpture.

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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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