Španšlská synagoga


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The Old Synagogue (or Altschul), older still than the Old-New Synagogue, stood on this site as an island in Christian territory, to which Jews could cross from the main ghetto only at certain times. It became a Reform synagogue in 1837, three decades before the prospering congregation rebuilt it in the then-fashionable Moorish style.

After painstaking reconstruction, the long-decrepit building finally reopened in 1998, its lovely domed interior glowing with hypnotic floral designs that are traced in green, red and faux gold leaf and lit by stained-glass windows. The building houses varied and inspired exhibitions on Jewish history and, in its upper-floor prayer hall, an exhibition of synagogue silver. It occasionally hosts concerts; tickets are available in the lobby.

This museum is part of the Židovské Muzeum (Jewish Museum).

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Španšlská synagoga details

Vězeñská 1,
Prague 1

Area Prague

Transport Metro Staroměstská/tram 17, 18.

Telephone 224 819 464

Open Apr-Oct 9am-6pm Mon-Fri, Sun. Nov-Mar 9am-4.30pm Mon-Fri, Sun. Closed Jewish holidays.

Admission 300 K±; 200 K± reductions; free under-6s. Old-New Synagogue 200 K±.