The Jewish comunity of Prague

Old-New Synagogue eTicket

The Jerusalem Synagogue is the youngest and at the same time the largest synagogue building of the Jewish community in Prague and is an interesting example of Art Nouveau stylization of Moorish style morphology. Its interior abounds with rich painting decoration in the style of Viennese Art Nouveau. Come and have a look at Jewish history in Prague!

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ABOUT THE SYNAGOGE

The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest site of Prague’s Jewish Town and the oldest extant synagogue in Europe. It has been the main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community for more than 700 years. Built in the last third of the thirteenth century by stone-masons from the royal workshop who were working on the nearby Convent of St. Agnes, it is a testimony to the important status of the then Jewish community of Prague. Originally it was called the New or Great Shul. After other synagogues were established in the late 16th century it became known as the Old-New (Altneuschul). Legend has it, however, that its foundation stones were brought by angels from the destroyed Temple of Jerusalem “on condition” (Heb. Al-tenai) of their return upon restoration of the Temple. The Old-New Synagogue enjoyed tremendous respect in Prague’s Jewish Town and in Jewish communities abroad. It also became enveloped in numerous legends and tales. According to one legend, the synagogue was protected against fire in the ghetto by the wings of angels transformed into doves, which is why it has remained miraculously intact to this day. Another legend has it that the attic of the synagogue is the home to the remains of the Golem, the artificial creature made of clay that was animated by the Rabbi Loew in order to protect the Prague community.

OPENING HOURS

Open daily except of Saturdays and Jewish holidays
9:00-18:00

ADRESS

Červená 101/4
Prague 1

ENTRANCE FEES

Adults

198 CZK

Children under 6

free

Children under 15 and
students

135 CZK

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