KLAUSEN SYNAGOGUE

The Klausen synagogue is the biggest synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

“Klausen” was originally the name given to three smaller buildings from the 16th century that used to be on this site. These buildings included a yeshivah (Talmudic school) that was founded by the famous Rabbi Loew. After the ghetto fire of 1689, the Klausen Synagogue was erected on the site in 1694, in the early Baroque style.

It was the Prague Jewish Community's second main synagogue and a number of its prominent rabbis served here. It was also used as a place of prayer by the Prague Burial Society.

Permanent exhibition

Jewish Customs and Traditions, Part 1

The exhibition continues in the Ceremonial Hall

This exhibition starts by acquainting you with the primary sources of Judaism – the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and the Talmud. It also lets you see an unfurled Torah scroll and its ornaments – the pointer (used when reading from the scroll), binder, mantle, shield and finials.

The exhibition focuses on the synagogue, explaining its significance and describing its interior furnishings. It also deals with Jewish worship, the Sabbath and other Jewish holidays and religious celebrations.

In the gallery are exhibits relating to the daily life of a Jewish family. This part of the show deals with the customs associated with birth, circumcision, bar mitzvah, marriage and divorce. It also provides a glimpse into a Jewish household and kitchen with its typical items.

More about the exhibiton

Visitor information

  • Included in the Toura of the Jewish Museum and Prague Jewish Town
  • Disabled access: no
  • The ticket counter and museum shop are in the synagogue vestibule.

Video & 3D tour

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Where to find us

U Starého hřbitova 3a, 110 00, Prague 1

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