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Spanish Synagogue
There is a piece of Spain in the Jewish quarter of Prague: the Spanish Synagogue (Spanelská Synagoga in Czech), the most recent synagogue in the neighborhood, owes its name to the Moorish-style decorations inspired by the magnificent Alhambra in Granada. It is a triumph of stained glass windows, shimmering gold and oriental motifs, absolutely not to be missed. The Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 on the site of the Old School (Altschul), the oldest synagogue in the Jewish quarter of Prague, dating back to the 12th century. The building project is by Josef Niklas and Jan Bělský, while the extraordinary interior decorations are by Antonín Baum and Bedřich Münzberger. At the end of the fifteenth century, Isabella of Castile drove Jews from Spain and, a group of this community found refuge in Prague, right in the Old School, which from that era is also called the Spanish Synagogue. When the capacity of the old building began to be insufficient, a new building began to be built which, at that time, was very well equipped from a technical point of view. It had central heating and good acoustics, given that high school singing and church music was taught here and this is borne out by the fact that, since 1836, the choir director was František Škroup, author of the national anthem's music. Czech. In 1941, the Synagogue ceased to be used for the celebration of religious services and, in 1955, it passed to the Jewish Museum.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16621 W: 130 N: 34330] (191113)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2018-06-07
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2018-06-27 3:44
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