Monday, 16 July 2012

Learning about the Jewish culture in the Prague Synagogues

All Synagogues in the Prague Josefov district are part of the Jewish Museum. With one entry fee, you can enter most Synagogues except for the Old-New Synagogue. We were very disappointed that inside the buildings we were not allowed to take any pictures. So we added a few photos which were already available on the internet with their source location.

We started at the Maisel Synagogue build in the 16th century under the lead of mayor Maisel. It is currently used as a museum. Our second visit was to the Pinkas Synagogue which is now a memorial for Jews murdered by the Nazis. On the walls inside the rooms, the names of 80.000 Jews are written who died during the war. Here they also have an exhibit of children’s drawings. Behind the Pinkas Synagogue you find the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Ceremonial Hall.

The most impressive building was the Spanish Synagogue in Moorish style. The interior is fantastic with its golden elements and dome. It is known as one of the most beautiful Synagogues of the world. If you only have time to visit one of these buildings, I would recommend the Spanish Synagogue.

Alle synagogen in de Josefov wijk te Praag maken deel uit van het Joodse Museum. Met één inkomticket, kan je in de meeste synagogen binnen behalve de Oud-Nieuw synagoge. We waren zwaar ontgoocheld dat we nergens in de gebouwen foto’s mochten trekken. Hierdoor hebben we enkele bestaande foto’s van op het internet toegevoegd met bronvermelding. 

We begonnen aan de Maisel synagoge die werd gebouwd gedurende de 16de eeuw onder de leiding van burgemeester Maisel en nu een museum is. Ons tweede bezoek was aan de Pinkas synagoge, een herdenkingsplaats voor Joden vermoord door de Nazis gedurende de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Op de binnenmuren staan de namen van 80.000 gestorven mensen geschreven. Er was hier ook een tentoonstelling van kindertekeningen. Achter de Pinkas synagoge ligt het Oude Joodse kerkhof en Ceremonial Hall. 

De Spaanse synagoge in Moorse stijl was het meest indrukwekkende gebouw. Het interieur is gewoon fantastisch met zijn gouden elementen en koepel. Het staat dan ook bekend als één van de mooiste synagogen van de wereld. Als je slechts de tijd hebt om één van deze gebouwen te bezoeken, raad ik de Spaanse synagoge aan.. 
 
Josefov Synagogues Prague
Maisel Synagogue

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Maisel Synagogue by Paulwip (Panoramio)

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Spanish Sinagogue

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Spanish Sinagogue

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Spanish Sinagogue - by Manuamador wikipedia France

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Pinkas Synagogue

Josefov Synagogues Prague

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Old-New Synagogue

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Ceremonial Hall

Josefov Synagogues Prague
Ceremonial Hall

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15 comments:

  1. Heel mooie gebouwen, Filip, apart van stijl !
    Lie(f)s.

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  2. Hoi Filip,
    Mooie foto's heb je daar weten te maken. Foto 4 is erg mooi met die symmetrie en wat een mooie kleuren heb je in foto 5, werkelijk prachtig genomen op die manier.

    Groeten, Marco

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  3. Heips Filip and Kristel
    These are very interesting synagogues. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs.

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  4. Wonderful photos as usual, but loved seeing the interior shot of the Spanish Synagogue.

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  5. echt wel de moeite
    ik vind de ceremonial hall ook wel super mooi
    tijd om Praag eens te bezoeken
    anni

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  6. Thankful for sharing all these stunning places! Each is amazing in it's own beauty....I especially like the dreamy deep blue almost violet colored cloudless sky....very lovely!

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  7. mooie serie en interessante details, heel verschillend. Het is altijd vervelend als je binnen geen foto's mag maken. Eigen foto's geven toch meer voldoening.
    Groetjes Dietmut

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  8. This looks as if it would have been a fascinating and historical tour!

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  9. It is good to see that they survived the war.

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  10. wonderful details of both interior and exterior of buildings.

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  11. The size of these buildings are amazing.

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  12. Wonderful photos my favourite is the interior shot of the Spanish Synagogue.

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  13. I have to agree with you the Spanish Synagogue has the most interesting interior. This is probably a very moving tour for those who were affected by the war.

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  15. So marvelous. I think my daughter may have been there as well! I should check her photos!

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