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Spanish Synagogue

Spanische Synagoge in Prag
Foto: Heinz-Josef Lücking, Lizenz: Creative Commons by-sa-3.0 de Spanish synagogue dome
By Thomazzo (Thomazzo) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The Spanish Synagogue is a Moorish Revival synagogue built in Prague in 1868 under the design of Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann.

In 1868, there was built a new building in moresque style on the same location where used to be the oldiest prague jewish house of prayer, called „Old school“. We can find there elements of a low stucco arabesque as well as stylised islamic motifs. In the Old school, used to be working Frantisek Skroup, an organist, who composed Czech national anthem. The permanent exposition in the Jewish museum is dedicated to history of Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, since their emancipation until nowadays. It is related to the exposition in Maiselova synagogue. You can get known here about Jewish history from the end of 18th until the end of 20th century. It means, until the days when Jews were fully emancipated in 1867. There are also portraits of great personalities along with examples of their work, which shows to the visitors, the traditional level of education, enlightement, jewish education.

A wave of antisemitism disputed their assimilation on the end of 19th century. In those days, there arose national movement, Zionism. Participation of Jews, in developing industry, is well presented by that companies which were established by Jewish businessmen. We should mention safety matches factory in Susice, glass factory Moser, CKD in Prague. They also had significant role in public and social life of Czechoslovakia. The exposition introduces writers, writing in czech and german language, scientists and also artists.