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Old Synagogue (Stara Synagoga)

Neighbourhood: Kazimierz
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Address: ul. Szeroka 24, Krakow 31-053, Poland
Phone Number:
+48 12 422 09 62
09:00 - 16:00
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Mon 10:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 09:00 - 16:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

One of two surviving Gothic synagogues in the world (the other is in the...

One of two surviving Gothic synagogues in the world (the other is in the city of Prague) that was restored after World War II and now houses a Jewish Museum.

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Now a museum and concert venue

Still beautiful but full of artefacts/exhibition stands. No longer feels like a holy place but you can still get a feel of how wonderful it must have been when in its original use.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 December 2016
East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is Old Synagogue was a stone's throw away from our hotel in the Jewish Quarter. It is very, very old and once had a thriving community that visited it regularly. It has been beautifully restored, is now a museum and is very interesting, has lots of old memorabilia. Do not miss this. Enjoy. It is for everyone.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting displays and information provided about the Jewish culture and religion. Learnt lots of new things. Highly recommend, especially if you don't know much about Jewish culture and religion. Historic building with a story of its own as well.

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Still beautiful but full of artefacts/exhibition stands. No longer feels like a holy place but you can still get a feel of how wonderful it must have been when in its original use.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This museum focused on the Jewish community of Krakow before and after WWII. Thus it was a bit more cheerful than some of the museums in the city. I lived that they focused on the rebuilding and the community that regrew in Krakow. It is a place of worship so everyone behaves very respectfully and they have a lot of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

On any trip to the wonderful Kazimierz District ( Jewish Quarter ) it is always well worth wandering around,the architecture although faded is supremely interesting. OLD SYNAGOGUE ( STARA SYNAGOGUE ) is one of the oldest synagogues in this area and has been around for centuries,so a lot of the history of the Jewish community has took place through this... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

The most compelling one was the Old Synagogue, which welcomes you into the district if you are walking from Old Town. Word to the wise: have a solid idea of where you need to wander in this neighborhood since it is not as compact as Old Town. You won’t just “stumble upon” the main sites.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Nice to while away an hour or so learning a bit about how terribly the jews were treated. Some interesting artefacts even if there were plenty of curators watching your every move!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This took some finding, we'd given up and then there it was. I don't know what I was expecting inside, but there lots to see and read. It gets very crowded with group tours, so you might need to wait a few minutes to get in but it's worth the wait. Some sections of the building are closed to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We had visited synagogues before but here there were excellent informative displays on the jewish culture. Also the link to current day practices gave it a special touch showing that this culture is not just something from the past but still alive! The square in front of it has indeed a nice atmosphere with many restaurants.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

An interesting, if sad, history of Judaism in Kraków. Also, for those who are unfamiliar with the religion, lots of facts about the meaning of Jewish religious festivals, also available to buy as a booklet. Located In the beautiful Jewish quarter, well worth a visit in my view. Lots of "working" synagogues nearby, and lovely places to stop for food... More 

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