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The Old-New Synagogue dating back to the late 13th century

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The Old-New Synagogue dating back to the late 13th century used to be the Jewish community’s main place of worship. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful Gothic buildings in Prague, and the oldest synagogue in Europe.

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It is made up of a double-naved hall divided by pillars on which rests unique five-ribbed vaulting. In the centre of the synagogue stands the pulpit behind a 15th-century iron grille and surrounded by pews for eminent members of the Jewish community. Notice pew number one, above which is a Star of David. It was here that the legendary Rabbi Löw, creator of the Golem, used to sit.

Prague 1 - Old Jewish Town - Old New Synagogue and Jewish  Town Hall The most important place in the whole Synagogue is the bimah which faces east and which contains the Torah – the five books of Moses. For Jews, the Torah is something sacred; those who read from it may not touch it with their hands, but use a silver pointer instead.

At the beginning of the 14th century an entrance hall was added to the synagogue housing two treasuries for tax collectors. Both brick gable ends were also added at this time.

To pass from the entrance hall into the main hall of the synagogue one goes through one of the oldest entrances in Prague. The tympanon (space above the entrance) is decorated with a relief of vine leaves and grapes. This decoration symbolises the 12 tribes of Israel as branches of one bush.

This synagogue is steeped in legends. The most famous of these, the subject of several films, is the Golem – a monster created by Rabbi Bezael Löw. The Golem was made of clay and did all the work in the rabbi’s household. Rabbi Löw brought him to life by placing a small roll of parchment with a sacred text written on it called a Shem under the Golem’s tongue, after which he acquired enormous strength and inexhaustible energy. He remained in that state until the Shem was removed.

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The Old-New Synagogue is the only Synagogue in Prague where services still take place.

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Adress:
Old New Synagogue – Jewish Community of Prague
Maiselova street 18, Josefov, 110 01 Prague 1
tel.+420 224 800 812-13
fax.+420 222 318 664
e-mail: sekretariat@kehilaprag.cz
web: http://www.synagogue.cz/index_en.php

GPS: 50.090046,14.418654

Entrance  fees
the Old-New Synagogue
adults – 200 CZK
under 15s and students – 140 CZK
under 6s – free
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GPS: 50.090046,14.418654

Public Transport:
Underground/Subway – Line A,  Staroměstská station
Tram 17, 18, 53 – Staroměstská

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Staronová synagoga 50.089926, 14.418488 The Old-New Synagogue The Old-New Synagogue dating back to the late 13th century used to be the Jewish community’s main place of worship. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful Gothic buildings in Prague, and the oldest synagogue in Europe. Adress: Old New Synagogue - Jewish Community of Prague Maiselova street 18, Josefov, 110 01 Prague 1 http://www.praguecityline.com/monuments/old-new-synagogue  

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