Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague

Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
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Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Permanent exhibition Children's Drawings from the Terezin Ghetto Located on the first floor, this exhibition focuses on the fate of Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezin ghetto during the Second World War. It is based on the now world famous children's drawings that were made in the ghetto between 1942 and 1944 under the supervision of the artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis. These emotionally powerful drawings bear testimony to the persecution of Jews during the Nazi occupation of the Bohemian lands in 1939-45. They document the transports to Terezin and daily life in the ghetto, as well as the dreams of returning home and of life in the Jewish homeland of Palestine. The vast majority of the children perished in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Pinkas Synagogue is part of the Jewish Museum in Prague. The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague. Bbuilt in the late Gothic style in 1535, it was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz, a prominent member of the Prague Jewish Community, and probably named after his grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It was originally a place of prayer for the Horowitz family and was located near a ritual bath (mikveh). It was restored to its original form in 1950-54. Memorial to the Bohemian and Moravian Victims of the Shoah In 1955-60 the Pinkas Synagogue was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Shoah from Bohemia and Moravia. One of the earliest memorials of its kind in Europe, it is the work of two painters, Václav Boštík and Jiří John. After the Soviet invasion of 1968, the memorial was closed to the public for more than 20 years. It was fully reconstructed and reopened to the public in 1995 after the fall of the Communist regime.
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Neighbourhood: Josefov
Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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  • Old Town • 3 min walk
  • Lesser • 7 min walk
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  • Brun066
    Florence, Italy13,022 contributions
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    The second oldest synagogue in Prague, among those still functioning today.
    This synagogue, which dates back to 1535, is the second oldest among those still functioning in Prague (the first, which is also the first in Europe, the Old-New Synagogue, dates back to 1270). The era of construction is clearly evident from its architecture. This is especially true for the interior, with the red brick ribs standing out on the remaining part of the vault, in white plaster, and singularly reminiscent of Gothic churches (in Czechia Gothic persisted until the 16th century). Other details, however, such as the portal, are frankly Renaissance. Instead, the "bimah", that is, the raised platform used for Torah reading during services, adorned with an iron grill, is in Baroque style. In fact, it was rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century, after the damage caused by one of the floods caused by the Vltava, which are not uncommon (the last one has been in 2002) because the floor of the synagogue is sunken compared to that of the surrounding neighborhood. The feature for which the synagogue is most famous is the memory it bears of the Bohemian and Moravian Jews killed in the Nazi extermination camps between 1941 and 1945. They, counted at 77,297, have their names and surnames, the date of birth and the date of death, engraved on the walls of the synagogue: laconic and terrible testimony from the local page of a European tragedy.
    Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
    Written 27 November 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 November 2023
  • veronica l
    Northumberland, United Kingdom94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very moving experience
    The synagogue is almost empty. The walls however are covered, floor to ceiling, with over 77,000 names of jews who were transported from the local ares to various camps, the names of which are also displayed on the main wall. After each name is a date of birth - many have the same dates of death. Upstairs is an exhibition of childrens drawings. Whilst in Terezin camp the young children took drawing classes and drew what they saw every day. When it was decided to clear the camp some drawings were hidden and survived. The artists are named and dates of birth given - again their death dates are recorded too.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 December 2023
  • BlueyBear
    Doncaster, United Kingdom46 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very moving
    We bought our ticket from the information centre who gave us a map of the sites. This map is wrong! Use the small map on the ticket. There was a security alert when we arrived at the synagogue so we had to call back later. Once inside it was incredible to see the walls covered in names and dates. The childrens' drawings were very moving. Exit seemed to only be via the cemetery.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 April 2024
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Inamarom
Haifa, Israel70 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
One of the synagogues included in the Prague Jewish Museum ticket. A beautiful synagogue that was restored after the Holocaust.
Written 14 May 2024
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BlueyBear
Doncaster, UK46 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
We bought our ticket from the information centre who gave us a map of the sites. This map is wrong! Use the small map on the ticket.
There was a security alert when we arrived at the synagogue so we had to call back later.
Once inside it was incredible to see the walls covered in names and dates. The childrens' drawings were very moving.
Exit seemed to only be via the cemetery.
Written 27 April 2024
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Pub Monster Neil
Liverpool, UK27,919 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Couples
Pinkas Synagogue is one of the oldest and most historic Synagogue's in Prague, one of only 6 that survived the German occupation of this city during World War Two, during the Shoah as many as 78.000 people of the Jewish faith who lived in the city were murdered, there's a permanent reminder of this dark chapter for mankind in the Synagogue, the building itself is beautiful but it's the fact it survived that's more important and the fact it can tell the story of the suffering of the Jewish population of the city during World War Two, its easy to locate along U Stareho Hrbitova in the Josefov District ( Jewish Quarter ).
Well worth seeking out if you're planning a holiday to Prague.
Written 7 April 2024
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veronica l
Northumberland, UK94 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
The synagogue is almost empty. The walls however are covered, floor to ceiling, with over 77,000 names of jews who were transported from the local ares to various camps, the names of which are also displayed on the main wall. After each name is a date of birth - many have the same dates of death.
Upstairs is an exhibition of childrens drawings. Whilst in Terezin camp the young children took drawing classes and drew what they saw every day. When it was decided to clear the camp some drawings were hidden and survived. The artists are named and dates of birth given - again their death dates are recorded too.
Written 20 December 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,022 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This synagogue, which dates back to 1535, is the second oldest among those still functioning in Prague (the first, which is also the first in Europe, the Old-New Synagogue, dates back to 1270).
The era of construction is clearly evident from its architecture. This is especially true for the interior, with the red brick ribs standing out on the remaining part of the vault, in white plaster, and singularly reminiscent of Gothic churches (in Czechia Gothic persisted until the 16th century). Other details, however, such as the portal, are frankly Renaissance.
Instead, the "bimah", that is, the raised platform used for Torah reading during services, adorned with an iron grill, is in Baroque style. In fact, it was rebuilt in the second half of the 18th century, after the damage caused by one of the floods caused by the Vltava, which are not uncommon (the last one has been in 2002) because the floor of the synagogue is sunken compared to that of the surrounding neighborhood.
The feature for which the synagogue is most famous is the memory it bears of the Bohemian and Moravian Jews killed in the Nazi extermination camps between 1941 and 1945. They, counted at 77,297, have their names and surnames, the date of birth and the date of death, engraved on the walls of the synagogue: laconic and terrible testimony from the local page of a European tragedy.
Written 22 November 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 28 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Darcy M
San Francisco, CA4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
I wish we had done our homework before visiting. This is an important site to visit, with incredible history. National Geographic says it’s one of 10 most important cemeteries to visit in the world. However, explanations and signage in the synagogue is very poor, and the self-guided audio tour available onsite was TERRIBLE.
Written 23 October 2023
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Thank you for your review. Audioguide JMP does not operate, any complaint should be addressed to: info@audioguide.cz. The reactions of the majority of visitors, however, clearly indicates satisfaction with the service.
Written 9 November 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MatthewASharp
Torquay, UK2,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A somber reminder of the doomed plight of everyday people who happened to be Jewish and live in the wrong place at the wrong time

An important visit which I didn't realise how important until my research and this visit

Please come and pay your respects to the people of Theresienstadt Ghetto
Written 12 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 19 September 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

GAR
882 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Incredibly moving tribute to the murdered Jews of the Czech lands. A must see synagogue, read some of the names. I think they’re handwritten on the wall
Written 30 July 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 4 August 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

amorace
Minneapolis, MN996 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Large synagogue tour area rich with history and much to learn about with how they ended up in what was a ghetto to present day.
Written 14 July 2023
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Thank you for your review.
Written 26 July 2023
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parksvisitor
Maple Grove, MN1,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Starting with the outdoor display section, to the names on the wall and the camps that took their lives, and finally the children's drawings, this synagogue moves you to the depths of your soul. The other synagogues in Prague all offer different aspects of the faith, beautiful buildings, and history, but this one really cuts to the core.
Written 4 June 2023
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Thank you for your review and we´ll be pleased to see you again in the museum.
Written 3 July 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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