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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  • I just want to remind (as can comments have mentioned) that he is still the oldest synagogue in Europe still in function. Simply visit other, in order to compare) to realize the weight loaded in Europe's history. Good visit!
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  • The full ticket for all participating sites, provided for 9 places, including synagogues, museums and galleries, honestly, we felt to tour so intensive. We opted for the ticket from 7 sites, costs 350 CZK, if I'm not mistaken, about €14 with the change. This synagogue visually stands out in the middle of the neighborhood, between buildings and shops in the area, it takes down so much, to attract all the attention on himself, coming suddenly the eye of tourists, bigger than it looks, when you see it from a of the two roads that enclose, Maiselova and Pařížská Street. The combination of old and new, fascinates and leaves as if suspended. Definitely worth seeing, at least from the outside. If you have more time than us, I still recommend to enter, definitely worth it.
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  • We visited it with a combo ticket (500 CZK), which included the entrance to all the synagogues of the Jewish quarter. It is Europe's oldest still in operation. Compared to other synagogues, this is simple and small. Men must wear a kipa, which distributed them at the entrance.
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  • A place with lot of history and culture associated. Probably the oldest Synagogue in central Europe (probably world, but not sure). Its located close to Jewish cemetery, again a unique place (Jewish cemetery - an 14 stories setup underground with more than 200,000 bodies buried between them). Old-new Synagogue is beautiful and must visit place. It's sad that two - three stories of its part is buried under water due to several floodings over centuries. It's walkable from main Street and also has bit of local souvenir options around it. If you are in the area, you must visit as it has amazing history associated with it.
  • Beautiful but would have liked a more detailed explaination of the cult.
  • It is really too expensive to purchase a ticket only for this place. It is better to buy a cumulative packet but it's still pretty expensive for what it offers.
  • Disappointing, small and in 3 short words a rip off at the entry fee of 220 korona a pop
  • Definitelly a place to visit. It is an oldest synagoge in Central Europe, standing in the part of the Old Town called Josefov. There are more jewish related places and museums around - it used to be a ghetto and nowdays, you can find there for example memmorials of World War II...
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