Maisel Synagogue

1st January 1970

The Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova synagogue in Czech) was funded by Mordechai Maisel. The impressive synagogue was built by Judah Tzoref de Herz and Josef Wahl in 1592. The architects designed the Renaissance style structure with three naves, which was unusual for its time. It served as both a place of prayer and a venue for Jewish social gatherings. It had to be rebuilt numerous times after a fire in the ghetto burnt the original structure down in 1689. The latest reconstruction, by Prof. A Grotte in 1893, uses a Neo-Gothic style, which blends it with the neighborhood’s new appearance. Jews in the Bohemian Lands, 10th-18th Century is a permanent exhibition in this synagogue-turned-museum, The exhibit has some new items on display and audio-visual and interactive elements were recently added.

Image Attribution: Official Tourism Website of Prague

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