Spanish Synagogue, Prague
There are many spiritual places in the World that are famous for their architecture, beliefs and spirituality. Another one in the list is the Spanish Synagogue of Prague, which is the holy place for Jewish Community. The phenomenal architecture, exotic stained glasses and the enchanting golden work here look elegant, and yet majestic. It has a rare silver treasure, which has more than six thousand items of Gold and silver and attracts many visitors from the entire World. The Synagogue organizes various exhibitions for schools, travelers and general public to educate about the history of Jewish culture and to keep the faith alive in the mankind. Without the visit of Spanish Synagogue, the newest of them, your trip to Prague is not complete.
Location: Vězeňská, Prague, Czech Republic
Timings: Open all days from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Climate: Oceanic climate and humid continental climate. Winters are cold and freezing, while summers are mild hot.
Wear cottons in summers and woolens in winters.
Best time to visit: June-August
How to reach:
By Air: Václav Havel Airport
Places of interest
Location: Maiselova, Prague, Czech Republic
Timings: Open from Sunday to Friday from April to October: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m., November-March: 9:00 a.m.- 4.30 p.m.
This 16th century baroque style Synagogue, which was made by the Mayor of the city, has seen the golden days of Jewish history. Once the place to worship for Jewish community, it now has been converted into a Museum, which educates the younger generation about the glorious past of the Jews. It displays some of the most important and rare artifacts from the Jewish history.
Location: Široká , Prague, Czech republic.
Timings: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
This 16th century Synagogue is the second oldest in the country. Its Gothic architecture is a reminder of its glorious days. The Museum-cum-Synagogue has the names of around seventy thousand dead people, who lost their lives in the holocaust massacre. The exotic paintings and splendid drawings also reflect the gloomy days of the children and the old in the Nazi concentration camps.
The Pinkas Synagogue was built in 1535 and was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz, a member of the Prague Jewish Community. This place was probably named after his grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It was restored to its original form in 1950-54.
Old New Synagogue
Location: Maiselova, Prague, Czech Republic
Timings: Open all days except Friday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
This 700 year old holy place of Jewish community is the oldest surviving Synagogue in the country that is still active. It was the second Synagogue of the country but that perished and this became the oldest one and hence, the name Old New Synagogue was termed. This small place is full of history and tradition. Its exclusive Gothic architecture attracts many visitors from all over the world.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Timings: Open all days
This 17thcentury Synagogue is the largest in the country with Baroque style architecture. It had gone through a series of renovation work in the late 1800’s. It educates the generation about the roots of the Jewish community, their beliefs, customs and traditions and the terrible times of the concentration camps, which will make you sad from the heart.
The ‘Klausen’ was originally the name given to three smaller buildings from the 16th century, included on this site. These buildings included a Yeshivah (Talmudic school) founded by the famous Rabbi Loew.
Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague
Location: Prague, Czech Republic.
Timings: Open all days from November to March except Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April to October every day except Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. It is closed on Jewish holidays.
This 15th century cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the World. Because of certain beliefs, the dead bodies have been buried one on top of another and hence, many layers of tombs have been made. Many of the important Jewish names have been buried in this cemetery.
It has the memories of the most ancient history of important people as it marks the grave of a poet and a great scholar, Abigdor Karo. In 1787, the last burial took place in this cemetery. There are almost 12000 gravestones in the cemetery. To dig out buried corpses is strictly forbidden here, so the tombs were squeezed in or even piled up on several layers.