Ceremonial Hall, Prague

Ceremonial Hall, Prague

Just next to the Klausen Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter you will come across a building that resembles an old castle or perhaps a grand manor house. This is the Ceremonial Hall and you’ll probably ask yourself what wonderful history is connected to this impressive building.

Sadly, the answer is: not much. The Hall was built in 1912 from designs by the architect J. Gerstl in a pseudo-Romanesque style. It was given to the Jewish Burial Society and was once a ceremonial hall and mortuary, where important members of the Jewish society were taken to be prepared for burial. It is one of the buildings in the area that the Nazi’s left untouched during their occupation and was destined to become a part of their “Museum to an Extinct Race”.

Today it belongs to the Jewish Museum and holds permanent exhibitions, one devoted to illness, death and graphic descriptions of ancient burial rites, along with examples of gravestones, tombs, memorials and paintings donated by the Burial Society.

The other exhibition is less morbid; it is Part II of the Jewish Customs and Traditions Exhibition (Part I is to be found in the Klausen Synagogue) and deals with the everyday life of Jewish households over the centuries. It is a very interesting, instructive exhibition and well worth visiting.

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Sight Name: Ceremonial Hall
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Josefov Walking Tour  

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