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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Tiny but fascinating 700 year old Jewish synagogue

Very old piece of Prague Jewish history and part of old Jewish quarters and an easy walk from the Old Town Square. Was rushed for time so saw only this wee one, not the new... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 December 2016
Lyttelton, New Zealand
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Mukilteo, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The Old-New Synagogue was built in 1270 and has been a house of prayer for over 700 years. Two huge octagonal pillars inside the hall anchor five-rib vaults on the ceiling. This is a historical as well as a culturally rich building. It is a place of peace and worship. Don't miss a chance to experience a piece of history... More 

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Beersheba, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Very unusual synagogue with a clear aura of holiness. You need to know something about the history of Jews in Prague to truly appreciate the history this building has seen. Definitely is part of a visit to Jewish Prague and visiting nearby sides will enhance understanding and value from visiting this synagogue. If all you are after is a "thrill"... More 

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Belper, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

The Old-New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of Prague is a Gothic, 13th century building and is the oldest synagogue in Europe. A very interesting historical building that is well worth visiting. Obtaining tickets to enter the synagogue is a little confusing because until you go in to the building you are not aware they are required. Tickets can be... More 

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Lyttelton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Very old piece of Prague Jewish history and part of old Jewish quarters and an easy walk from the Old Town Square. Was rushed for time so saw only this wee one, not the new synagogue nor cemetery and missed out on a Jewish walking tour, all of which sounded good. It's cheaper to do all the places together (ask... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

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 14 November 2016

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 14 November 2016

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 6 November 2016 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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Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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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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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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