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The Spanish Synagogue (Hebrew: בית הכנסת הספרדי, Czech: Španělská synagoga, German: Spanische Synagoge) is the newest synagogue in the area of the so-called Jewish Town, yet paradoxically, it was built at the place of the presumably oldest synagogue, Old School (also known as Altshul). The synagogue is built in Moorish Revival Style. Only a little park with a modern statue of famous Prague writer Franz Kafka (by Jaroslav Róna) lies between it and the church of St Spirit. Today, the Spanish Synagogue is administered by the Jewish Museum in Prague.
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|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
This is a pure turistic trap. If you like to see silver recipients of various sizes this is your tour. I did indeed liked to visit the cemetery, however you are forced to pay for the whole visit of the Jewish quartier just to enter. Not cool.
Very good if you take a guided tour if that is in your budget. Be early for guided tour as it's in bad taste to be late. Very nice to learn about the community and buildings. The working temple wasn't available, which was unfortunate. The architecture and artifacts were beautiful. Didn't go to the shops in the street when you exit, but there is one.
I feel bad giving this review - but given how good this museum could be, I really feel it lets itself down. We did not buy the audio tour (perhaps a big mistake - but didn’t want to pay even more CZK’s...). There is little to no explanation of the early Jewish settlements and the ghetto in Prague and why the cementary is the way it is, or much of the impact of WWII. The communist era is more comprehensive. Do this as part of a guided walking tour (or perhaps buy the audio tour) if you are remotely interested in the story of the Jews in Prague....
You're only allowed inside with a combo-ticket for all 8(?) synagogues in Josefov. What I felt no need for, visiting all synagogues. It was very busy as well, and hot. I went for something else instead. Tip: Jerusalem (Jubilee) Synagogue / Jeruzalémská synagoga (Jubilejní), that I reviewed as well.
Worth the money (500czk) to see everything. The altneushul (old new synagogue) puts the price from 330 to 500 and probably wouldn't be worth it for people who aren't very interested as the building is a working synagogue with no exhibitions and is therefore quite simple inside. However for 170czk more it would be worth it for anyone interested in the 14th century building, or for visiting Jews who would like to see what has been a massively important building in the faith. There is no access to the women's part of the synagogue so you can only access the main room and the hallway.
We started with the old Jewish cemetery and Jewish children's art from the Nazi era displayed at the Pinkas synagogue. But we should have started with with the Maisel synagogue to get a chronological history of Jewish life in Prague. Giving 4stars because we weren't allowed to enter the Spanish synagogue (which has the most ornate interior) due to some performance inside, even though we bought the tickets.
Very moving. Did walking tour and guide explained all about Jewish experiences in the last few centuries which let's face it were appalling.
Wonderful experience of a classic music concert, would definitly recommand going to that kind of event.
Well worth a visit if in Prague. Pays to buy a ticket for all 5 locations. Very moving
Together with the full tour of the synagogues in Josevov, truly a highlight of our visit in Prague. Some of the exhibits of Nazi times are difficult to take on. The Jerusalem Street synagogue, not included in any of the tours, is also on interesting visit for those looking for Art Nouveau architecture in Prague.
It says a 'museum' but this is actually a perserved neighbourhood/village in 4 block with 6 different synagogs & a cemetery dating since medieval times. It is awkward that the reason why we get to see this quarter today is because Hitler thought to perserve this neighbourhood in order to make it a "museum of a perished race"! But that aside, it is a unique experience, especially the synagoge with the names on the wall of every single inhabitant known to have lived in that neighbourhood through centuries.