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Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga)
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Private Tour: Prague Jewish Museum and Old-New Synagogue Walking Tour
Ranked #115 of 935 things to do in Prague
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The oldest surviving example of a medieval twin-nave synagogue, the early-Gothic structure was built during the 13th century.
London, United Kingdom
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“Very interesting”
Reviewed November 17, 2013

The ticket to enter the Prague synagogues is very expensive but the visit is worth it. The historical meaning of these places is daunting.

Visited November 2013
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“A slice of real history - not beautiful but meaningful”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

This synagogue, built in 1270, is the "oldest" of the new synagogues build as the Jewish quarter became settled. It exhibits worship without any frills.

It is one of the synagogues on the tour of the Jewish Quarter and can be crowded, but it is worth spending a quiet moment thinking of the thousands that worshiped here through the ages when it was the center of Jewish live in Prague -- and people still worship there!

Visited November 2013
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Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 462 helpful votes
“It's the history that makes it beautiful”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

This is a synagogue not a cathedral and if you understand any of the history of the Jewish people, you will see the beauty in the simple style of the synagogue. The fact that this is the oldest synagogue in Europe and is still being used is amazing. It was very crowded while we were there. Find someone who can explain some of the history to you or read about the history before you go and you can't help but appreciate it. We had a private tour guide that day and we learned so much from her about the Jewish quarter.

Visited September 2013
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Olen, Belgium
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“A picturesque sight”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

This one is the oldest surviving European synagogue. Overcrowded and jam-packed by tourists, still in use for Jewish prayer services (traditional rite), built last quarter 13th century, 14th century prayer hall. Stone Gothic-Renaissance aron ha'kodesh (Torah Ark), 16th-19th century candlesticks, Gothic entrance portal to the prayer hall.

Visited July 2013
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“Worth a visit whether or not you have Jewish ancestory”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

This synagogue forms part of a wider tour you should do so all is in context, however, I have named this one beucase it was the highlight. Though there was a too-loud tour guide yelling information to a group of young people (we wish such loud lecturing was not allowed in sacred places), our encounter with a 91 year-old holocaust survivor was very special. This woman quieltly asked us if we had any questions about the place and warmly engaged with us and told us a little of her life. Such people who are prepared to generously retell bits of their stories to tourists, truly bring history alive, . Everything you need to visit is on one block so you simply need to start at the Spanish Synagogue, where you buy the tickets, and continue in the order as suggested. The walk through the cemetery has a totally differerent feel to it in comparison to other cemeteries (and we've done a few). Most information on artifacts is also written in English, though the audio guide does add a little bit extra, especially for cemetery (hire one between 2- it's loud enough). Note, it wasn't a cheap tour - 960Kroner for 7 sites, though you can select less.

Visited September 2013
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