"Old New Synagogue" Old-New Synagogue Tip by kenyneo

Old-New Synagogue, Prague: 16 reviews and 24 photos

  suffered through many catastrophes
by kenyneo

There is a place in Prague which is called the Jewish Quarter or Josefov , its lies to the north of Old Town Square. Make sure you dont go early October ( 1st to 4th Oct I think , but reconfirm ) because there is some Jewish festival around the area and all the Synagogues are closed to the public, except Jews.

Why is it called Old New Synagogue

The Old-New Synagogue in Prague has suffered through many catastrophes in its history to become the oldest surviving synagogue in Europe. The synagogue is also known by the names Staronova and more commonly Altneuschul. This name reflects the influence of the German language in Prague which, until 1860, was the country?s official language. It also reflects that fact that the synagogue is the growth of the old synagogue ?Altschul?. %ccoAltneuschul synagogue when translated means old new synagogue or temple. ?Alt? means old, ? neu? is new, and ?schul? is temple or synagogue%c*

Legend says

One legend says the synagogue was built by emigrants who came from Jerusalem after the Temple was destroyed in the year 70. The legend says that the Jerusalem Jews brought stones from the temple and used them for the foundation of the Old-New Synagogue. By doing this, they believed they were laying upon themselves and the community the condition that when the Messiah came, the building would be torn down and the foundation stones taken back to Zion. According to this legend, the synagogue name was Al-tenai Schul which when translated means ?on the condition that synagogue?.

Address: Josefov
Directions: From Old-Town Square about 5min north-west.
Phone: +420-224 819 456
Website: http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 5, 2004
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