Maisel Synagogue, Prague

Maisel Synagogue, Prague

South of the New Old Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, you will find the Maisel Synagogue which belongs nowadays to the Jewish Museum and is used, as are many other buildings in Prague, as an exhibition hall.

The synagogue was built in 1592 by the Josef Wahl as a private place of prayer for Mordechai Maisel. This rich philanthropist also commissioned the Klausen and High synagogues and the Jewish Town Hall. Built on 20 pillars, the synagogue is the first in Prague to be accessible by women.

The synagogue was built in the Renaissance style but was badly damaged during the Great Fire in 1689. It was later rebuilt and was given a Baroque façade. Its present Neo-Gothic façade dates to the end of the 19th century.

The exhibition features details of how the Jews settled in the Czech lands, with artefacts from the 10th and 11th centuries such as Czech dinars. Medieval and early modern settlements are explained with manuscripts relating to the persecution of Czech Jews and anti-Semitism in Europe. On the central platform of the main nave is a stunning display of synagogue silver including a Levite laver and basin made in 1702 by Jan Jiri Lux. You will also see Bohemian and Moravian synagogue curtains and manuscripts of the work of 12th to 18th century scholars.

It is a fine exhibition and it is ironical to think that most of the precious artefacts on display where brought to Prague and stored here by the Nazis.

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