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Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 24 August 2014

From the outside, the Spanish Synagogue has no religious markings at all. It looks more like a banal blocky communist ministry than a house of worship. The interiors of the synagogue, relies on luxurious earth tone Moorish arabesque designs on every inch of the sanctuary, much like the Jubilee Synagogue, only smaller. There are no carved statues or frescoes in these synagogues. As in all Jewish houses of worship nothing representational is allowed except depictions of plants and animals: Images of God or the prophets are forbidden. Nonetheless, the Moorish carvings and painted covering the walls are a lavish feast for the eyes and for the spirit.

There is an exhibit of Jewish life and death from medieval central Europe to the present. What struck out the most in the Spanish Synagogue was a picture (taken by the Nazis) of a woman unwittingly leading a group of children to the gas chamber. There are many other powerful images on display as well.

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jewishmuseminprague, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed 24 August 2014

One of the highlights of our trip was going to an evening concert here. There was basically a chamber orchestra plus a trumpet and a soprano. The synagogue is extremely ornate, but very intimate, with fantastic accoustics. For 700 CKR, you are treated to an hour of music from Mozart to Gershwin. The concerts are not nightly, and they do change, so check the website before you go.

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jewishmuseminprague, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed 21 August 2014

I mean, the synagogue is beautiful, from the outside and the inside.
But, I think that were not enough jewish signs, even not hebrew inside. I am not talking about the outside, even in the museum itself.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2015

Thank you for your comment. Since the kehila in Prague is rather small some of the Synagogues are not used for prayer and religious services anymore, but in the Spanish Synagogue there are regular services held every Friday evening for kabalat shabat - we will be happy to welcome you again so you can feel the lively atmosphere of this synagogue still in use.

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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We went to see just the Spanish Synagogue, at a cost of 70 CZK, rather than the full Jewish Museum ticket which includes a number of Synagogues. The synagogue itself is beautiful, both inside and out, with incredibly ornate Moorish-style decoration, apparently influenced by the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. It houses exhibitions on the experience of the Jews in Prague, with the upstairs women's gallery featuring a powerful exhibit on the ghetto during WWII. The smaller Winter Synagogue upstairs houses a collection of religious silverware, including Torah scrolls and pointers. The only downside is that it is not permitted to take any photographs in this beautiful building. You'll just have to remember it!

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jewishmuseminprague, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

Lovely synagogue in the Spanish style. Dark woods with inlays. Very pretty. The whole family enjoyed the synagogue.

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jewishmuseminprague, Public Relations Manager at Spanish Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, responded to this reviewResponded 22 October 2015

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