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The Old-New Synagogue, Prague
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It is said that the body of golem lies in the attic of The Old-New Synagogue, 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. Use our Prague tour planner to add The Old-New Synagogue and other attractions to your Prague vacation plans.
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  • Being so popular I slightly felt like must-but speaking as profane and very frankly, I trovato200kc to see a small chapel a little excessive, not because we are many per se but because it seemed a small church like many did not leave absolutely nothing.
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  • This beautiful synagogue, very old, which is not part of the "basic" tour of the Jewish Museum, is worth the additional price of the ticket. Outwardly, his very special architecture is very interesting. The Interior is very sober but demonstrates an architecture and Jewish culture from another time. The explanation of a guide (Michelin or others) allow the visit much more interesting: we discover details to which we do not necessarily attention. Remarkable.
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  • If you don't have a lot of time in Prague ... do not recommend visiting these synagogues. Are small, relatively boring (with all due respect to religion). Admission is paid, and some of them cannot take a picture. The Staronova photos is allowed. In my opinion the city offers other attractions, much more beautiful and interesting to be seen.
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  • It is a small place to see and understand more about this religion. It is somewhat on the expensive side in terms of pricing though but it is alright as an experience. And please do turn off your flash when you take photos in this place. The person at the door have already told everyone to off the flash but some people are just so ignorant or egoistical that they do not off it and it is such an eyesore. It is already a small place and we want a decent visit without your flashes. Thank you.
  • One of the monuments in Josefov, is the Staronová Synagogue. Directly next to it is the Vysokà. The Staronovà is the oldest active synagogue in Europe. Pass through the narrow street at the Staronová and you’ll reach Parizska, one of the longest and most exclusive street in Prague (it’s where all the expensive shopping boutiques are located). But first, time for some gelato.
  • One of the oldest synagogues in the world. You can see how low the ground used to be when you visit this place. It is still an active Synagogue
  • Ticket is absolutely overpriced. 500 for two adults and two children - 5 minutes visit. For 700 we could visit a lot of monuments in Hradczany - it took all day. Moreover, synagogue is nice but not mindblowing. Comparable to Cracow's one. But the price is 5x lower (on mondays free)
  • Very disappointing, we had a terrible experience! Expensive for quite nothing interesting. I think the worst was that we mostly wanted to visit the old-new synagogue, when we wanted to buy tickets the vendor persuade us to buy a more expensive tour. The bad new is that the old-new synagogue wasn't included in the price even if we specified we wanted to visit this in particular. Oh and the most interesting thing to visit in this tour happened to be closed. I visit often Prague with relatives and I won't certainly be coming back.