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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

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Address: Vezenska 141/1, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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+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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Beautiful Synagogue and great historical information too

This is a beautifully decorated Synagogue built in Moorish Revival style. The style looks like it is Islamic influenced. There is a lot of excellent historical information... read more

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This is a beautifully decorated Synagogue built in Moorish Revival style. The style looks like it is Islamic influenced. There is a lot of excellent historical information around the walls and on the 2nd floor. For instance the Jew won emancipation in Prague in ~1870, about the same time the US was undergoing a Civil war for emancipation of blacks.... More 

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Like all the synagogue exhibits the history of the Jews in Bohemia can be uncomfortable to hear and quite sobering. The building's Neo-Moorish decor is beautiful. It is also an excellent venue for their weekly classical music concert

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This building is worth to visit may be more than once. You can be looking it long enough! All the colours, gold and handwork. Fantastic. Plus you learn lots of history of the jewish people in Prague.

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We toured the Jewish Quarter during the day, and this was one of the Synagogues on our tour. We went back for a concert in the evening - there aren't words to describe how wonderful the experience was.

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Located in the Jewish Quarter, the Synagogue is beautiful and has peaceful ambiance. You can learn about Jewish history of Prague here. Buy a combo ticket and do see the cemetery as well.

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Fabulously beautiful synagogue which is absolutely worth a visit. Much newer than the others (19th century) but a great example of Czech golden age architecture.

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Me and my friend got the 5 site ticket which got you to 4 synagogues and the Old Jewish cemetery, all very interesting and I would recommend all if you have a day to spend in Prague.

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one of the best synagogues in Prague, very nice decoration in the walls and especially very nice silver pieces exhibition from the various synagogues from the country, definitely worthy visiting.

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This is an old synagogue turned into a museum of Jewish life in Prague. It is very interesting and you get to see how Jews lived worked and created throughout times here. Definitely recommend.

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Beautiful interier, every autumn unique concert named Light of Understanding connecting all religions over the nations

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Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood 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 neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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