Jewish Museum

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Jewish Museum - Synagogue
Jewish Museum - Portuguese synagogue
Jewish Museum - Portuguese synagogue
Jewish Museum - Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

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Only the beautiful Portuguese synagogue is worth a visit Mar 31, 2014
N50°5.416' E14°25.244' This "museum" is not just one building but a series of preserved synagogues and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which together bear witness to 7 centuries of Jewish life in this tiny part of Prague. The admission fee is regrettably high and taking pictures is not allowed.

We found the visits to the synagogues and cemetery not very informative if you’re unfamiliar with the Jewish faith. At the end of our visit, the beauty of the Portuguese synagogue surprised and impressed very much. Like so many other visitors around us, we couldn’t resist the urge to take pictures of the beautiful ceiling. The museum guard swiftly entered the synagogue shouting “no pictures” to a large crowd of visitors. Everybody looked at her with an expression on their faces: get real; this is the 21st century of smartphones and social media!
Portuguese synagogue
Portuguese synagogue
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Beauty - but some cause to weep Sep 08, 2010
This is not a single building; nor does it include all the synagogues in Prague. The oldest one [the so-called Old-New Synagogue] is separate. However, for those places that do constitute the Jewish Museum a single ticket gives entry to all.

It is an appalling thought that the idea of a Jewish Museum in Prague seems to have originated with Hitler as a memorial to a vanished race! Even if you don't think about this, some aspects of the visit may appear gruesome, such as the walls of the Pinkas Synagogue, covered in quite small writing by the names of Czech Jews who perished in the death camps.

The worst for me [a Goy by the way] were the writings done by children in the camps, exhibited in the Ceremonial Hall.

On the other hand the Spanish [so-called from its appearance] Synagogue simply appears as a place of great beauty. The Old Cemetary is absolutely fascinating. The Maisel and Klausen Synagogues had less individual impact on me.
Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

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