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Maisel Synagogue

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an exhibition on the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia
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Construction on the synagogue was begun ca. 1590 by the primate of the Prague Jewish town, Mordechai Maisel. He received not only building permission, but extensive privileges from Emperor Rudolph II. Based on M. Maisel’s design, a unique Renaissance building was constructed using expressive, Gothic-like characteristics. A fire in 1754 damaged the synagogue’s western façade. During the subsequent reconstruction, the lower part of the synagogue was reinforced using ground-level additions. However,

its current appearance was primarily influenced by the Neo-Gothic repairs carried out in the 19th century.
During WWII, the synagogue was used as a storehouse for approximately 6,000 pieces of art stolen by the Nazis from other Czech and Moravian synagogues. The Nazis had wanted to establish an anti-Semite museum in Prague. Today, the synagogue hosts a permanent exhibition of the History of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th – 18th centuries and forms part of the Jewish Museum.

GPS: 50° 5′ 19.88″ N, 14° 25′ 7.97″ E

Kontaktní informace

Ulice Maiselova 8 Město Praha 1


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