The Pinkas Synagogue (Czech: Pinkasova synagoga) is the second oldest surviving synagogue in Prague. Its origins are connected with the Horowitz family, a renowned Jewish family in Prague. Today, the synagogue is administered by the Jewish Museum in Prague and commemorates about 78,000 Czech Jewish victims of the Shoah.
An archaeological excavation has showed that in 15th century in the area of present Pinkas Synagogue there were wells, a mikveh and inhabited houses. By 1492 in one of those houses there was a private oratory belonging to a distinguished Prague Jewish family of Horowitz. In 1535 one of the family members, Aharon Meshulam Horowitz, decided to replace the house by a synagogue for his family. In this building we can find components in Gothic and Renaissance styles – for example the reticulated vault is made in the late Gothic style but its ornaments have Renaissance features and the portal is pure Renaissance. Between 1607 and 1625 an annex in Renaissance style was added and so the synagogue was extended with a vestibule, a women's section and a balcony. The architectural plan of the annex was designed by Juda Coref de Herz (the author of the plan to Maisel Synagogue, too).
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Alex Davidson | Feb 21, 2018
Europe's largest Jewish cemetery accompanied by an informative Synagogue with some chilling drawing by children from Prague while it was under the rule of the Nazi's. Very humbling and definitely worth a visit.
Vitor Hugo | Apr 7, 2018
Both synagogue and cemetery are probably crucial for understanding the history of this city. Recommended.
Kate Ozel | Feb 1, 2018
#Josefov, the former Jewish ghetto, is dotted with somber reminders of its past. These include the weathered tombstones of the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the Pinkas Synagogue, now a Holocaust memorial with exhibits focusing on Jewish children. The Jewish Museum houses a huge collection of cultural artifacts.
Alyssa Becker | Aug 17, 2017
Of all the sites included under the Jewish Museum ticket, Pinkas Synagogue was my favourite. Located right next to the Cemetery, the rooms and walls with names of those who have died in the Holocaust is substantial, and incredibly moving. One of my favourite parts was the exhibit upstairs with art from children depicting experiences in the ghetto and WWII. Just haunting. Very glad we visited.
Natalie Kujawa | Oct 24, 2017
A very special place to learn more about the extent of the Holocaust in the city of Prague. It was very moving to see the drawings from the children, that lived in the camps as well. An excellent exhibition.
Sue Harvey | May 29, 2018
Perhaps not an obvious choice of somewhere to go while visiting Prague on holiday but definitely worth a visit to understand the history and culture of the city. The art work by children from Terezin ghetto / concentration camp was very moving and to see the thousands of names of those killed really brings home the horror and enormity of the Holocaust. So drag yourself away from the bars, bridges and museums for an hour and see something important.
Proffesseurevil | Jun 27, 2018
Interesting place in general refreshing exhibits but a bad audio guide and kippas wich are way to small.
Hassan Al-Ramadani | Jul 25, 2018
Expensive ticket about 15 euros for different Jewish museums in the Jewish neighborhood, where you can only see few things in each museum, I only liked the Spanish Synagogue from the whole neighborhood museums.
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