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. Find out how to plan Prague trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    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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  • August 16, 2017
    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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  • August 14, 2017
    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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  • May 15, 2017
    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.
  • April 8, 2017
    Honestly speaking, if you are not really interested in the religion, there is almost nothing to see here. There are certain features of this synagogue that are remarkable, including the five-rib vaulting and a famous rabbi's chair. But it is difficult for a tourist like me to appreciate it since I certainly lack related religious experience and know almost nothing about the Jewish religion.
  • July 3, 2017
    One of the oldest synagogues in Eastern Europe. Pay to go in if you are interested.
  • May 2, 2017
    You will enjoy it only if you're into European Jews history.
  • October 17, 2016
    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.

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