Spanish Synagogue#13 in Best Things To Do in Prague
Inspired by Granada’s Alhambra, the Spanish Synagogue holds the distinction of being the most recently built synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Quarter. While the Spanish Synagogue may be new by Prague’s standards, the opulent place of worship actually completed construction in 1868, on the site of a 12th-century synagogue. The Spanish Synagogue operates as part of the Jewish Museum in Prague, so two permanent exhibitions, which focus on the history of Jews in Bohemian lands and showcase silver artifacts, are also on display.
The Moorish-style of the synagogue, as well as its beautiful interior, stuns recent visitors. They recommend visiting for an evening concert (the composer of the Czech national anthem once served as organist here for a near-ethereal experience thanks to the building’s excellent acoustics and elaborate design.
Admission to the synagogue costs 350 koruna (about $15) for adults, 250 koruna (about $11) for kids ages 6 to 15 and is free for children younger than 6. The Spanish Synagogue opens at 9 a.m. Sunday to Friday and closes at 4:30 p.m. January 1 to March 29 and from October 27 to December 31, at 6 p.m. March 31 to October 25 and at 2 p.m. on December 24. Keep in mind that concerts typically start at 7 p.m. and the synagogue is closed on Jewish holidays. The Spanish Synagogue is accessible via the Staromestská station of the metro A or the Právnická fakulta stop of tram No. 17. Visit the Spanish Synagogue’s website to learn more about its various offerings.
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#1 Old Town Square (Staromestské námestí)
Old Town Square is a popular spot in Prague, with travelers flocking here in droves for its beautiful architecture, colorful history and vibrant atmosphere. The square hasn't changed much since it was established in the 12th century when it functioned as the city's original marketplace.
The square is home to some of the most historic attractions in the city, including the Old Town Hall, one of the best places to get a bird's-eye view of the city and the Prague Astronomical Clock, a beautiful timepiece dating back to the 1400s. Other architectural highlights found within the square include the Church of St. Nicholas and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, instantly recognizable for its two Gothic spires. Meanwhile, the newest additions to the square include a monument erected in 1915 for the religious reformer Jan Hus. There are also several restaurants here that spill out onto the square during the warmer months as locals and travelers alike enjoy a coffee or a beer on the patios. And if you're visiting during the holiday season, expect the square to be filled with Christmas market shoppers.
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