We will visit six individual places of the Jewish museum in Prague and the Old New synagogue, which is administrated by the Prague Jewish community. Please note the entrance fee to the museum is not included.
The Old New Synagogue was built in 1270 by a Christian building works. It is the oldest active synagogue in Europe! Until today regular services, weddings and circumcisions take place here. In the end of the 16th century rabbi Loew - also known as Maharal scholar, rabbi and creator of Golem, was active here. According to the legend Golem was a creature, which protected the Jews in the ghetto.
The next stop is the Pinkas synagogue from 16th century. There is the memorial to the almost 80000 holocaust victims from the Protectorate Bohemia and Moravia situated here.
Then we visit the Old Jewish Cemetery dating back to the 15th century. Up to100 000 bodies are buried here in several layers. The Old cemetery is remarkable due to its location in the center, the diversity of gravestones and the symbols on them. We shall pass the grave of Rabbi Loew, where your wish will come true.
The Burial Society Ceremonial Hall is the next place of the tour. Its members followed and still follow the activities we can see on the paintings displayed here.
The next stop of the tour is the Klausen synagogue. It was built in Baroque style in 1694. There is an exhibition on Jewish customs and traditions. During the Nazi time there was an exhibition on Jewish traditions too, but at that time it was opened to Nazis only!
The Spanish synagogue is the recent and the most beautiful object of the Jewish Museum. It is not only used as an exhibition place, but as a concert hall and an active synagogue also. The Spanish synagogue hosts an exhibition on the Jewish history of 19th and 20th centuries. One of the most amazing stories is that about the wartime Jewish museum.
We will end the tour in the Maisel synagogue. It was built in 1592 as a private synagogue of Mordechai Maisel, who was a privileged moneylender to Rudolf II and the first mayor of the Jewish town. Recently the synagogue was renovated and a new exhibition on the oldest Jewish history in the Czech Lands was opened here. The history of the Jews in the Czech Lands from 10th century until the end of the 18th century is presented by using new technologies.
It comprises a lot of beautiful artefacts and documents illustrating different aspects of the life from medieval times until the end of 18th century like legal status, livelihoods, language, religious and cultural life and mysticism in the historical context. The most attractive issue of the exhibition is the animated model of the ghetto in its form from thirties of 19th century.
As a highlight it is to be mentioned the true replica of a seal ring from 12th century found recently in 2004.