Architectural grandeur, Jewish history and music combine at the Spanish Synagogue (Španělská Synagoga). Find a display of a valuable silver collection and exhibits that provide a glimpse into the Jewish lifestyle in the Czech Republic. They form part of the Jewish Museum, an institution with exhibits spread across several galleries. Marvel at the sumptuousness of the Spanish Synagogue and enjoy performances of classical and jazz music.
Constructed in 1868 on the grounds of a 12th-century prayer house, this is Prague’s newest synagogue. It takes its name from its Moorish-influenced architecture and interior décor, which was inspired by the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Admire the flamboyant mosaic designs, geometric patterns and stucco work that decorate the arches and walls. Appreciate the collection of patterned glass windows, the extravagant organ and large central dome.
Spread around the synagogue’s two floors are the museum exhibits. Get an insight into the evolution of Jewish culture in Bohemia from the late 18th century to the end of World War II. Learn about distinguished figures such as the composer Gustav Mahler, writer Frank Kafka and psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. See silver objects collected in Bohemia and Moravia, including crowns and shields, in addition to Kiddush cups and spice boxes.
Experience the synagogue’s excellent acoustics at one of the site’s regular concerts. Hear interpretations of the works of the American pianist George Gershwin. Listen to recitals of scores by Bach, Mozart and Verdi, among other great composers. The Czech Collegium orchestra often performs here.
The synagogue stands in Prague Jewish Town and is easily reachable by public buses, trams and the metro. The Staroměstská metro station is a 5-minute walk away. Visit other attractions in the area such as the Klausen Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue and Pinkas Synagogue.
The Spanish Synagogue is open from Sunday to Friday and has an admission fee. Purchase an individual ticket for the synagogue or a combined ticket with access to other attractions in Prague Jewish Town. A separate fee is applicable for concerts.
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Nice place, clean, good breakfast. Easy walk to the square. Nice location
Amazing updated rooms on 1st through 5th floors. Terrible old and dark and depressing rooms on 6th and 7th floors. Front desk does not tell you this upon check in. I was first given 7th floor room .... dreadful. Then I saw my friend’s updated room in 3rd floor and they moved me to remodeled ...
Lovely Art Nouveau building. Great location in old town 10 minute walk from the Square. Staff was lovely and responsive. Breakfast was great and restaurant service staff very attentive. Would definitely return to this hotel.
Great location, very friendly and outstanding service and food beautiful rooms well stocked with all the little things you might need
Enjoyed the large breakfast buffet of traditional European foods. Light rye bread was to die for and even live piano player during the weekend.