Spanish Synagogue, Prague

Spanish Synagogue, Prague (must see)

Prague can quite rightly boast to having some of the most beautifully decorated buildings in Europe and the Spanish Synagogue, even by Prague’s standards, is quite simply breathtaking.

Located in the Jewish Quarter, this Moorish Revival synagogue was built in 1868 according to the plans by Vojtech Ingnatz Ullman, on the site of the oldest synagogue in Prague. If you are a seasoned traveler, you might think that the building looks familiar; this is because it is a close copy of the Leopoldstadter Tempel in Vienna, with the tripartite façade and the central section with its twin-domed turrets taller than the two flanking ones.

It is the interior of the synagogue that takes one's breath away. Every surface, apart from the floor, is covered with Islamic-style arabesques that are carved in the wood, molded or painted. The overall effect is stunning. Of particular note is the ark and bimah, the dome over the central space with its Magen David chandelier and the beautiful organ.

During the Nazi and Communist occupation, the synagogue fell into disrepair and was closed for over 20 years. It was restored by the Jewish Museum who owns it and reopened in 1998 as a concert hall and museum. Its name is a bit of a mystery as it has never been used by a Spanish congregation.

Why You Should Visit:
The most beautiful and unusual synagogue in Prague's Jewish Town.

Tip:
Recommended visiting as part of the Jewish Quarter tour.
Bakeshop is close-by for a sandwich or a sweet treat.

Opening Hours:
October–March: 9am-4:30pm; April–September: 9am-6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Sight Name: Spanish Synagogue
Sight Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Josefov Walking Tour  

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Holesovice Walking Tour

Holesovice Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Stare Mesto Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
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Travel Distance: 1.3 km
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Travel Distance: 4.3 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km

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