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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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The Best of Gershwin = simply the best

I went to watch the chamber concert, The Best of Gershwin, and it was amazing! Tickets cost 700 czk for adults, but it was well worth the money. Very talented musicians, they were... read more

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I went to watch the chamber concert, The Best of Gershwin, and it was amazing! Tickets cost 700 czk for adults, but it was well worth the money. Very talented musicians, they were visibly passionate about music and so happy to share it with the audience. Also, the acoustics are absolutely incredible at the Spanish Synagogue. You really can't go... More 

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Came for a concert and were stunned by the amazing decoration. Not quite up to the Gothic cathedral level, but still extensive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The only reform synagogue in Prague - still active, constructed in 1868 in moorish style, exterior and interior like this you don't expect in Central Europe. Part of Jewish museum of Prague - exhibition of Silver and Czech Jewish History (from Enlightment till WWII). Toilets inside.

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Amazingly beautiful synagogue in which to spend a hour listening to popular classical music. The musicians and opera singer were superb and performed a varied programme to suit most tastes - what a lovely Pre dinner experience.

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An absolutely beautiful synagogue. Interesting to find out about the history of Jews in Prague and a bit more about the Jewish faith.

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Quite simply one of the most beautiful places of worship I have ever visited. The outer architecture is not enough attractive as to tempt most people to take a look inside, but once you have, it will be worth all the money.

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The synagogue is very beautiful inside and reputed to be one of the oldest in Europe. Entry costs 330 CZ, but gives access to other Jewish sites. A bit deer if you are only planning to visit the synagogue and its exhibitions as it only takes about 20 minutes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The interior is similar to mosques - lots of geometric and intricate design, lots of gold leaf, very ornate. The acoustics are superb and we'd recommend checking to see if any music performances are scheduled during your stay. Very close to the Old Town Square; lots of small restaurants in the immediate area of the synagogue.

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A beautiful synagogue a short walk from the main town square. Not too large but wonderfully decorated inside. Nothing to look at from the outside. They aslo hold nightly concerts there.

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Bought a general admission ticket at the Pinkas Synagogue which included admission to the Spanish Synagogue. Very average exterior but when you enter the synagogue the effect is breathtaking, the intricacy and colour of the paint effects are truly stunning.

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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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