Saturday, May 23, 2015

Spanish Synagogue, Prague

The Spanish Synagogue located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) in Prague, Czech Republic, is known for being the most beautiful synagogue in Europe. This synagogue was built in 1868, on the site of the oldest Prague Jewish house of prayer, the Old Shul. The beautiful interior decoration features a low stucco arabesque of stylised Islamic motifs, which are also applied to the walls, doors and gallery.





Under both Nazi and Communist rule, the Spanish Synagogue was neglected, leading to its eventual closure. Nevertheless, it was re-opened on the 130th anniversary of its establishment, forming part of the Jewish Museum in the Czech Republic capital. 

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