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Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga)

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Address: Chervena 250/2, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420 224 819 456
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The oldest surviving example of a medieval twin-nave synagogue, the...

The oldest surviving example of a medieval twin-nave synagogue, the early-Gothic structure was built during the 13th century.

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Atmospheric historic synagogue steeped in legend

This is a tiny synagogue, but ancient and beautiful. As part of the combination ticket for several monuments it was fine in terms of value and we wanted to see the seat of Rabbi... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This synagogue, built in the 13th century, is evidently the oldest synagogue in the world that still functions as a house of worship. The gothic architecture is amazing, and there are only two or three others like it in Europe (or the world). A very special house of prayer!

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Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a tiny synagogue, but ancient and beautiful. As part of the combination ticket for several monuments it was fine in terms of value and we wanted to see the seat of Rabbi Loew (reputedly he was so wise that anyone who now dares to sit in his seat will die within a year), the rabbi who legend says... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was very moved to enter this synagogue that is still functioning as a house of worship today. Very old

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the monuments in Josefov, is the Staronová Synagogue. Directly next to it is the Vysokà. The Staronovà is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Pass through the narrow street at the Staronová and you’ll reach Parizska, one of the longest and most exclusive street in Prague (it’s where all the expensive shopping boutiques are located). But first, time for some... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The synagogue is rather small, but every time when in Prague I have visited the synagogue due to the special atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

That this ancient synagogue has survived is a miracle in itself. It has retained its original interior and unusual format. A must for students and tourists alike. Buy your tickets in the adjacent shop and return there for good quality gifts. Men are given a kippah to wear during the visit and the tourist leaflets are succinct and informative.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

This small synagogue is of historic interest yes but as a place of worship it is, in my opinion, tainted by a ridiculously expensive (for Prague) entrance fee -200 ku for adults to sit in one small room with a lot of other adults trying to eek out the experience with audio guides. The staff at the entrance aren't particularly... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Most interesting synagogue and well worth visiting if for nothing else other than the sheer age of the building and the history associated with it. It is an ideal place to sit and contemplate.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Historic interestic monoment. The jews got this place as being the worst in the area. Prone to floods. Minimal place, and floods produced disease but still the jews were smart enough to produce lemmonade from lemmon. Whenever the jews were evacuate from the area it become slum and poorest. Ironicly rather than vanishing in the historic streem the slum was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

If the entrance fee was not be so ridiculously steep. In my opinion it is much better to have a walk around, to admire the old architecture of the old synagogue from the outside and the surrounding houses, too, and spend your 200 crowns somewhere else. Maybe even for some books on history of Prague Jews and their legends, including... More 

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Josefov
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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