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“beautiful Moorish style”

Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
Ranked #32 of 1,024 things to do in Prague
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

What an impressive building. Its interior is beautifully decorated. The synagogue also displays the second part of the exibition "history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia"

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

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The outside was interesting but I was not prepared for how absolutely stunning this building is on the inside. The information inside was also well presented and interesting. It gave a good overview of more recent Jewish history in Bohemia. We purchased the pass for all 6 sites done by the Jewish history society. All of the sites together made a very worthwhile, interesting, and moving experience. Together the sites provided a lot of good opportunity to discuss the long history of anti-Semitism and the holocaust with our older child.

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

We enjoyed visiting the Spanish Synagogue. It is beautiful inside. Note that you are not supposed to take pictures. We visited as part of the Jewish Museum package. It was a bit pricey, but we enjoyed seeing the various synagogues and learning about their histories.

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013

This is a particularly stunning Synagogue, and is worth a visit just for that.
The exhibits bare some interest too.

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

I didn't think this 19th century synagogue would interest me much in comparison to the other amazing Jewish sites in Prague, but it did. And it's not just the distinctive Moorish style of the synagogue, which is quite beautiful despite being too ornate for my taste (we weren't allowed to take pictures). It's the very informative exhibits on the balcony that grabbed my attention on a wide variety of subjects, including Terezin (the concentration camp north of Prague). The Spanish Synagogue also sponsors regular classic music concerts, which would provide another way to experience it. Also, be sure to enjoy the playful Kafka statue nearby (you can't miss it; it's just to the left of the synagogue). We spent an hour here and could easily have stayed longer.

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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