Josefov's Six Synagogues
One of the most common tours in Josefov is to pass through the six synagogues which still remain standing. Get to know the history of the Jews in Prague
Established in 1479 and located in front of the entrance to the Old Jewish Cemetery, Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest Jewish temple still standing in Prague and one of the most renowned. After the end of World War II, the synagogue was turned into a memorial for the 77,297 Jews from Czechoslovakia killed during the Holocaust. Inside, its walls are covered with all their names.
The Pinkas Synagogue houses a permanent exhibition featuring the drawings of children who were locked away in the Terezín concentration camp.
Built at the end of the sixteenth century, it went up in flames in the ghetto fire of 1689. It was quickly rebuilt in a Baroque style and at the end of the nineteenth century, it was reconstructed in a Neo-Gothic form. From 1960 it houses a large collection of Jewish items, including books, decorative objects and silver.
Erected in 1868, the Spanish Synagogue owes its name to the Moorish interior design, very similar to the famous Alhambra in Spain. The synagogue houses an exhibition on the life and history of Jews from Bohemia.
Founded in 1694, it is the biggest of the six synagogues. The temple features a large collection of Hebrew texts to acquaint visitors with the sources of Judaism, for example, the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud.
The Klausen Synagogue is located near the exit of the Old Jewish Cemetery
Built during the sixteenth century and financed by Mordechai Maisel, the High Synagogue has two floors. On the top floor, visitors can find a collection of fabrics, curtains and objects made of silver. On the bottom floor there is a small souvenir shop.
Admissions to the Synagogues
The admissions ticket is valid for the six synagogues in Josefov and it also includes an entrance ticket to the Old Jewish Cemetery. With the ticket, visitors will be given a small and useful map to get to the different synagogues.
Old – New Synagogue
This synagogue is the oldest in Europe and is also one of the first Gothic buildings erected in Prague. It was built in 1270.
The entrance to this synagogue must be purchased separately.
November – March: 9 am – 5 pm
April – October: 9 am – 6 pm
Monday – Friday: open
Jewish holidays: closed
On Fridays the Synagogues close an hour before the Sabbath
Adults: Kč 330 (US$ 15)
Children (aged 6 – 15), students (under 26): Kč 220 (US$ 10)
Children under 6: free entrance
Free access with the Prague Card.
Metro: Staromestska, line A.
Josefov (83 m) Old Jewish Cemetery (94 m) Staré Město (347 m) Old Town Square (373 m) Prague Astronomical Clock (375 m)