Czech Museum Launches Exhibit at Prague Synagogue

The Jewish Museum in Prague launched a new permanent exhibition in the historic Maisel Synagogue in the Czech capital.

The exhibition, which opened Wednesday following a yearlong renovation of the synagogue, focuses on the history of the Jewish people in Bohemia and Moravia. It features an aerial projection of the former Prague Jewish quarter, which was largely destroyed in the late 19th century.

“Visitors can also use touch screens to learn about the history of various Czech Jewish leaders and their communities, and browse through rare Hebrew manuscripts and prints,” one of the authors of the exhibition, Alexandr Putik, told reporters.

The Maisel Synagogue is located in the heart of the former Jewish district. Built in the late 16th century as a private temple, the synagogue was rebuilt in the neo-Gothic style at the turn of the 20th century — an appearance that was restored during the reconstruction.

The Prague Jewish museum, which attracts about 550,000 annual visitors to make it one of the Czech Republic’s most popular attractions, is also planning to revitalize the Spanish Synagogue, a classic example of Moorish-style architecture.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Czech Museum Launches Exhibit at Prague Synagogue

Thank you!

This article has been sent!