The Old-New Synagogue
The Old-New Synagogue
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The oldest surviving example of a medieval twin-nave synagogue, the early-Gothic structure was built during the 13th century.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Old Town • 3 min walk
  • Lesser • 8 min walk
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  • Gidons51
    Herzliya, Israel4,746 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gothic style synagogue built in the 13 century.
    This is the oldest active synagogue in Europe Built in Gothic style in the 13th century. There was an older synagogue that was demolished in 1867 therefore this one is called the old new synagogue. Prayer on Saturdays at 0900 . Nice old building serves as well the Jewish community of Prague .
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • inlvr
    Brussels, Belgium16 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too expensive for what it offered
    We bought a combination ticket for about 17 Euro each. This gave us access to several synagogues and the cemetery when in fact all we wanted to visit was the Spanish synagogue. There is no way to buy entry to just the Spanish synagogue. The combo ticket holds little interest and in my view is not worth it and too expensive. If it had included the Jerusalem synagogue and the old New synagogue I think it would have been worth it. I think the organisers need to reconsider the pricing strategy as it smacks of tourist rip off
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Tommo
    Melbourne, Australia55,725 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical but ugly building
    We discovered the Old New Synagogue during our walking tour around the Jewish Quarter. It is also known asthe Altneuschul. This is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. The architecture to me is quite ugly but offers historical significance.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 February 2024
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DCM
Belfast, UK64 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Had never been in a synagogue before, so thought we'd take a look. Whilst impressive enough, we admired the room we were shown to for about 10 mins then went to move on to the next area, only to discover there was nowhere else to see. I know they are using the money to help the community, but still can't help but feel ripped off. Plus point was they gave us a leaflet of info at the door, but they had been seeking more than the ticket price for an audio guide. Glad I didn't purchase that.
Written 24 January 2020
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TravelerTrecker
Houston832 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is a very interesting synagogue! Of all synagogues that are part of Jewish museum, this is the oldest one and it is till in use. It closes 1 hour earlier than the others (Spanish, Pynkas, Klausen, Maisel). This is the oldest synagogue (it was built in the 13th century) and the most important one in Prague. The synagogue protected the Jewish community during the pogroms and you can still see some evidence of the tragic events in the walls. It is also the site of the Golem's legend that is so important as a symbol of protection and humility. The Golem is the protagonist of very important literature books.

I disagree with what some reviews say. It is truth that you have to pay an extra ticket; however, it is worth to visit the synagogue given its history, unique architecture, and legends. In addition, you will see the ark, the standard, and the tympanum which are very interesting. It survived the holocaust.

You may get the full ticket that allows you to visit all synagogues, the ceremonial hall, the old cemetery, and the Robert Guttmann museum. The ticket is expensive however it is worth to buy it and is valid for 7 days.
Written 18 February 2023
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David D
1,212 contributions
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May 2021
The synagogue was made in 1270 and retains much of its original form. It is associated with the legend of the Golem of Prague, which has many versions, and it is said that the golem lies dormant in the attic of the synagogue. The many legends that have gathered around the synagogue show the appeal that it has had to many people of all faiths over the centuries. The building itself is small, only a few rooms, with sparse but beautiful decoration. It is small compared to some of the other synagogues of the city, but well worth seeing for the historical and legendary associations it has.
Written 30 May 2021
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Ana V
Eugene, OR654 contributions
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Jun 2022
Built in 1270 it is the oldest synagogue in Eastern Europe and some say the oldest still-working Synagogue in Europe. It is really beautiful inside. As you enter noticed the two fortified old lockers - in which the most heavily taxed community in medieval Prague stored its money in anticipation of the taxman's arrival. This requires a separate ticket and is not part of group synagogue ticket, but it is worth the price.
Written 15 July 2022
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Europe's oldest active synagogue; completed in 1270. The design is quite interesting. Apparently, there is a hefty charge to enter (we didn't do so), but reviewers say it isn't worth the fee. We found it interesting just to see from the outside.
Written 11 January 2023
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inlvr
Brussels, Belgium16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We bought a combination ticket for about 17 Euro each. This gave us access to several synagogues and the cemetery when in fact all we wanted to visit was the Spanish synagogue. There is no way to buy entry to just the Spanish synagogue. The combo ticket holds little interest and in my view is not worth it and too expensive. If it had included the Jerusalem synagogue and the old New synagogue I think it would have been worth it. I think the organisers need to reconsider the pricing strategy as it smacks of tourist rip off
Written 20 September 2023
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DXB_Maple
Dubai, United Arab Emirates475 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Very expensive for the limited amount of time that we were in the synagogue. I don’t agree with charging admission to religiously significant places but this charge was way out of line for the experience. We could have easily skipped it and never missed anything. We didn’t learn anything of any value.
Written 16 October 2022
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Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,746 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
This is the oldest active synagogue in Europe Built in Gothic style in the 13th century. There was an older synagogue that was demolished in 1867 therefore this one is called the old new synagogue.
Prayer on Saturdays at 0900 . Nice old building serves as well the Jewish community of Prague .
Written 22 July 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,725 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We discovered the Old New Synagogue during our walking tour around the Jewish Quarter.

It is also known asthe Altneuschul.

This is the oldest active synagogue in Europe.

The architecture to me is quite ugly but offers historical significance.
Written 10 February 2024
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Willy G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
Not worth the money for a ticket to just the old new synagogue. One small plain room. No educational material. May be an interesting part of the wider Jewish quarter experience. But we just got the old new synagogue ticket and it was a rip off.
Written 12 April 2022
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