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Great Synagogue, Pilsen

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#3 of 18 in Historic Sites in Pilsen Region
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Admire stained glass windows and ornate ceilings of Great Synagogue, the third largest synagogue in Europe. A landmark building, the synagogue features impressive 45 m (148 ft) tall twin towers with Russian-style onion domes. A mixture of Romantic-era and neo-Renaissance styles, the facade is covered with Oriental decorations and includes a giant star of David. Completed in 1893, the interior boasts an Arabic-style ceiling and a distinctly Indian-looking Torah ark. The central hall makes a popular venue for concerts, while the walls often provide space for photo exhibits. With our online itinerary creator, Pilsen attractions like Great Synagogue can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • We did not expect such a beautiful and huge synagogue in Plzen; it has a very emotional visit for us.  more »
  • The front of this synagogue is quite beautiful especially wit's two onion dome topped towers but we did not go inside.  more »
  • Had no time to go to see inside, only see outside. our local guide told the history of the synagogue, very attractive. Anyhow will visit inside next time.  more »
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  • This place is iconic and monumental. If I am correct, it is 4th biggest synagogue in the world. I was walking around it daily and I've never been inside before... The ticket price is a bit too high for what you can see... So go to Lokal order 2 "šnyts" and enjoy just the outside view for the same price from there... That's the proper Pilsen religion
  • Awesome place to see. The synagogue is in a way out of place in the modern-ish city of Pilsen , but that's what makes it so great. I haven't been inside as it's closed on Saturdays. The outside is still nice. You can even see it from the observation tower in the cathedral, but seeing it up close is better.
  • A large synagogue in Pilzen. Quite the sight. Many photos of the US Army liberating Pilzen in case you can't make it to the Patton memorial
  • Genius loci
  • There was not much to see

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Where to stay in Pilsen

Plzen offers hotels, hostels, bed and bearkfasts, and apartments in all price ranges spread over the city. Many sit in the city center, just minutes away from St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, the Great Synagogue, and other major attractions. You'll also find a good selection near the main train station, as well as in peaceful neighborhoods. The prices depend much more on the individual facility than the location; you can find good deals in all areas.
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