Muzeum Krakowa - Stara Synagoga

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Muzeum Krakowa - Stara Synagoga

Muzeum Krakowa - Stara Synagoga
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of two surviving Gothic synagogues in the world (the other is in the city of Prague) that was restored after World War II and now houses a Jewish Museum. Opening hours: winter season (November – March) Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm Tuesday - Sunday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm summer season (April – October) Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm Tuesday - Sunday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm
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1-2 hours
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Neighborhood: Kazimierz
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tartnjohn
Olney, UK2,093 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Not being Jewish, the interior and what goes on within a synagogue was always a mystery.
We went into this building with a bit of trepidation especially as a large party of Jews were also going in.
Their Rabbi was with them and conducted a ceremony from a roped off area whilst his flock and non Jews watched.
Quite fascinating and great to be able to ask questions as most spoke good English.
I suspect that this would not be unusual in this particular synagogue. An excellent learning experience.

Written June 30, 2021
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,169 contributions
Aug 2021
This ancient building is situated in equally ancient Kazimierz quarters of Cracow, which is worth visiting in its own right. The name comes after the king, who granted Jewish community vast privileges back in Middle Ages. There are very few Jews in Poland these days even though before WW2 they represented up to 15% of the population. Not surprisingly there are numerous buildings and other artefacts from those times. The Synagogue is now converted into a museum of Jewish life and culture and is very interesting at that. A veritable look into the past, which sadly, no longer exists. There is a modest fee to pay.
Written January 16, 2022
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Daveygrohl
Yorkshire Dales National Park, UK295 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
We found this synagogue while walking around the Jewish district, it’s closed at 2pm, last entry 13:30 on a Monday and we made it just in time. It was free entry and we spent around 40
Minutes inside. There is not much history on the occupation of Poland, more a history of the Jewish faith, and as complete novices to th subject it was really interesting.
Written February 23, 2022
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SALLYDOG52
Thornbury, UK101 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
I have never visited a synagogue before and was glad I went to this one . Takes you into Jewish culture and customs and religious practices. Very interesting for a non Jew. The building is old and beautiful. I would recommend this as part of a trip to Krakow if seeing aspects of Holocaust .
Written September 30, 2020
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Tomek Darda
Krakow, Poland124 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
This 15th century building is very good point to start your tour around Kazimierz. The exibits show you the religious habits of the Jews very adequately (although maybe in a bit old-fashioned way, but it's good nonetheless) - sometimes there is an option of trying your way as Torah scriptor, which gives it all an interactive touch.

The place shows you just the fraction of richeness of Polish Jewish culture so sadly neglected by Germans back in the Nazi days, but also is a very hopeful sign of Jewish revival in Krakow, Poland and Europe in general. Maybe it will be back as a religious centre one day? Who knows, hopefully so :)
Written November 8, 2013
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Sheapdog
New Orleans, LA13 contributions
Jul 2013
A 500 year old temple, so there is lots of history. I suggest the audio tour to get the full effect and enjoy the history if the tour.
If you take the audio tour, it is a little tricky. It starts across from the desk where you pay, just inside the main entrance to the left with some pictures on the wall. So, as soon as you get your headset, turn around and hit play. Then follow the voice ques, don't try to find the numbers (that will save you lots of time). It rivals the big city audio tours in quality not in organization haha.
Other then that, it was really interesting and educational.
Written July 20, 2013
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK610,834 contributions
Jan 2019 • Friends
A visit to the Jewish Quarter ( Kazimierz ) and in particular Ulica Szeroka which is undoubtedly the most beautiful street in this district is always well worth a visit as it's packed with pubs, bars and restaurants and some of the most famous synagogues in Krakow and Old Synagogue is probably the most famous, it's certainly hard to miss.
Originally constructed between 1407 _ 1492 this is the oldest standing synagogue building in Poland,renovated and enlarged in 1570 by Italian architect Mateo Gucci ,this synagogue was looted and ransacked during WW2 by the German forces ,it was in fact used as a magazine store,after the war the synagogue was renovated between 1956 _ 1959 and now functions as a museum.
A stunning building that easily dominates Ulica Szeroka, there's so much history attached to this building ,it's a wonderful way to learn about the proud and tragic history of the Jewish population and their influence on Krakows growth as a city .
Easy to locate on Ulica Szeroka and most definitely well worth checking out.
Written January 29, 2019
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JoB21
Colchester, UK121 contributions
This is a small museum based in the old synagogue. It is a museum mainly of historic Jewish life in Krakow and about Judaism. We spent about 45 minutes here and found some of the exhibits on display interesting.
Written February 25, 2014
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Jacqueline S
London, UK49 contributions
Sep 2013 • Couples
This is a beautiful old building, very light and simple inside, with an interesting range of displays about the Jewish district of Kazimiertz, the synagogue itself and Jewish festivals and traditions. A very good introduction to the area.
Written October 3, 2013
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Glenda R
Merthyr Tydfil458 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
This is one of the synagogues you must visit if you come to the Jewish Quarter. It is the oldest synagogue in Poland and built some where between 1407 and 1492 but rebuilt in 1570. It has a small museum here with some information about the Jewish faith. Interesting and you only need a short time to visit. It is on a street with cafe's and the Remuh Synagogue is nearby.
Written July 13, 2013
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