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“Beautiful living synagogue - a bridge from the past to the future”

Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
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Private Prague Full-Day Tour: Jewish Quarter and City Sights
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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.
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“Beautiful living synagogue - a bridge from the past to the future”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

The beautiful interior of the sanctuary (still used for services and concerts) takes you by surprise with its rich Moorish decoration. The balcony now houses a Holocaust exhibit.
This synagogue is one of those on the tour of the Jewish Community -- it is probably the most beautiful, but not the most intriguing. I recommend going to all of them (and the cemetery) to get an understanding of the history of the Jews in Prague and their contribution to the city (including the tiled/paved sidewalks).

Visited November 2013
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“Probably,one of the most beautiful houses of worship I have seen”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

We saw it at night,at a classical music concert.Enchanting ! It really is an uplifting experience.Don't just tour,find a concert there and while listening,let your eyes tour this fantastic edifice !You won,t regret the time spent.Enjoy !

Visited October 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

The Jewish Community in Prague has done a grea job of preserving the several synagogues in the former Jewish Ghetto. The Spanish synagogue is the most ornate , a true work of art

Visited October 2013
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“Beautiful building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

The inside of this synagogue is extremely ornate and well worth a visit. Whilst photographs aren't allowed inside any of the buildings on the Jewish Quarter Tours, this one will stick in my memory for some time!

Visited November 2013
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“Beautiful synagogue and Gershwin concert”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

We paid for a single entry ticket earlier in the week just for this synagogue . We were so impressed with how beautiful the inside was. We later booked the classical music concert. This was lovely ,magical. A great end to our holiday . The czech symphony orchestra were very good.

Visited October 2013
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