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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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Interesting piece of history

Worth a visit for the beautiful interiors and historic displays. Far too many selfie takers for my liking

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Worth a visit for the beautiful interiors and historic displays. Far too many selfie takers for my liking

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Spanish Synangogue is definitely worth a visit due to its beauty and unusual decor. Its exhibits are also very interesting.

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This moorish style synagogue reflects the beginning of the reform movement. You can see the organ pipes, the bimah is at the end wall instead of the center. The walls are absolutely beautiful. Almost no place to sit (3 chairs only) so don't plan on it. Get the audio guide

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It is a highly emotional experience to visit the Jewish quarter of Prague and to enter the Synagogues, now museums. This brings home to you the horror of the holocaust when you consider that this beautiful building was simply a place of worship for Pragues Spanish Jewish community. Now gone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a beautiful work of art, this building and all that is in it. Take a moment to go upstairs and look at the history and stories of the Jewish People of Prague who may have worshiped here or in another temple close by..

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The Spanish Synagogue offers an excellent insight into the long of the Jewish community in Prague.it is informative and so artful. We had the opportunity to enjoy one of the many concerts offered at the synagogue and the music, acoustics and performaers were all first class.

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You must not miss this. I'd recommend seeing this as part of the Jewish area tour; the ticket price is reasonable. Also, be sure the get the audio guide; it really helps. The beauty of this synagogue is outstanding.

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You can barely miss the Spanish Synagogue because it is quite easy to find within the Jewish quarter. The architecture is very interesting and nice to see. On the first floor you can see some exhibits and the main part of the synagogue, on the second floor there are more exhibits to see from the history of the synagogue as... More 

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This is worth visiting simply because it is so unlike any synagogue you have ever seen! Ornate gold and an organ! There is some interesting information to read upstairs in the display cabinets.

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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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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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