Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga), Prague

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It is said that the body of golem lies in the attic of Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga), the oldest active synagogue in Europe and one of city's earliest Gothic buildings. Notice the ark (an ornamental closet) in the middle of the eastern wall, in which the Torah sacred scrolls are kept. The Hebrew biblical abbreviations cover the interior walls. Look for a large red flag with a Star of David stitched in gold near the west pillar. Legend has it that angels brought building stones for the synagogue from the temple in Jerusalem "on condition" that they'd be returned when the Messiah comes. The Hebrew al tnay, which means on condition, sounds identical to the Yiddish alt-nay--or old-new--hence the synagogue's name. Find out how to plan Prague trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • The oldest synagogue in Central Europe. With the exception of the occupation years 1942-45, served without interruption since the end of the 13th century as a place of worship. It is one of the oldest gothic monuments of in the Czech Republic. The early Gothic, massive, rectangular building consisting of stone has a high saddle roof with late Gothic brick Gables. Surrounded from three sides with subsequent low additions. She can be visited.
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  • The oldest synagogue in town! The synagogue where is hidden the Golem! They had big expectations, too, because they make you pay the entrance fee even if you are equipped with Prague-Card, but the Interior is bland compared to other synagogues around Prague. Recommended only to those who have really passionate about Jewish culture.
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  • Of many negative reviews for the visit of the old new synagogue, including highlighting the price to pay to enter. It is true that it is not given (200 SEK or approximately € 8). But it's still worth. He is a former synagogue, "in its own juice", and the leisurely (because there is not many people) can get a good idea of what Judaism in Central Europe, before the reform movements of the 19th century. It is a fine example of synagogue in Central plan.
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  • I mean, Prague is really a Jewish city. everybody trying to take your money. all they see in U is your wallet. U come to this Jew part of the city and you must pay for EVERY thing U want to see. U go to first sinagoge PUFF PAY TICKET, graveyard PAY TICKET, museum PAY TICKET. a family can leave more then 100 euros just for tickets AND FOR WHAT?? there is really nothing special to see here. Shame on them for taking money for entrance into the temple of god
  • 스타로노바 시나고그. 구신 시나고그라고 해야 하나? 영어로는 Old New Synagogue로 해석되는 이 건물은 가장 오래된 중세 시나고그란다. 1270년에 문을 열었다는 데... 꽤 오래되어 보이긴 하더라. 바로 옆이 비소카 시나고그 즉 높은 시나고그다.
  • Cost and stinginess by far outweigh the experience. Honestly I don't feel it is worth spending the entrance fee. Yes I did learn about history and some of Jewish customs and culture. What bothered me are (1) they don't accept a credit card (what? even a tiny store in Czech accepts for 50 crown). Why? I don't know. All that I can imagine is that the synagogue thinks that visitors will come no matter how unfriendly it is (2) two seemingly popular sites (Old and Cemetery) cannot be combined unless you pay 500 for all the sites. Compare this practice with Castle: the most popular 4 sites belong to one ticket. I feel that I am taken advantage by the ticketing scheme. After all, one can visit synagogues other places in the world; you can learn about the history of Czech Jews without visiting these. Wish I had read the google reviews before squandering my wallet.
  • Place was closed 15 mins before advertised closing time. We bought tickets and wasn't able to enter the premise.
  • This was the shul led by the Maharal of Prague during his tenure there. Also, I think that the Rebbe of Nikolsburg was here. Definitely a must see!

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