Klausen Synagogue, Prague

Klausen Synagogue, Prague

The Klausen Synagogue stands near the entrance of the Jewish Cemetery in the Jewish Quarter. It is particularly worth visiting for its permanent exhibitions.

The synagogue was commissioned by Mordechai Maisel, a rich philanthropist, in honour of Emperor Ferdinand III who visited the area in 1573. Originally it consisted of three buildings and named “Klausen” which is the plural of “Klaus” and means “small buildings”. The 1st building was used for religious ceremonies, the 2nd was a Talmud School where Rabbi Lowe (of the Golem of Prague fame) taught and the 3rd building housed the ritual baths.

The original Klausen was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1689 and rebuilt as one synagogue in 1704. It was the largest place of worship in the Jewish Quarter and was the seat of the Prague Burial Society.

Today the synagogue holds a permanent exhibition in the central nave, dedicated to Jewish Customs and Traditions. Here you will learn about customs related to events from birth to death, including circumcision, weddings and divorce. There are also Hebrew prints and manuscripts on display and touching drawings made by the children from the Terezin ghetto, as well as a fine collection of Hanukkah candelabras and Esther Scrolls.

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Sight Name: Klausen Synagogue
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Religious
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