PINKAS SYNAGOGUE

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.

Permanent exhibition

Children's Drawings from the Terezín Ghetto

Located on the first floor, this exhibition focuses on the fate of Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezín 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 Terezín 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.

Visitor information

  • Included in the Tours of the Jewish Museum and Prague Jewish Town
  • Disabled access: no
  • The ticket counter and entrance to the Old Jewish Cemetery are next to the synagogue.

Programme

Memorial and commemorative events.

Video & 3D tour

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Where to find us

Široká 3, 110 00, Prague 1

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