The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague.
Built 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 Victims of the Shoah from the Bohemian Lands
In 1955-60 the Pinkas Synagogue was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Shoah from the Bohemian lands. 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. More about the Memorial
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. More about the exhibition
Journeys with No Return: The Deportation of Jews from the Czech Lands, 1939-1945
An outdoor exhibition documenting the deportations of Jews from the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia to ghettos and to concentration and extermination camps in German-occupied Eastern Europe.
The Faces of the Victims of the Shoah
An evening projection of photographs onto the gable wall of the mikveh of the Pinkas Synagogue.
The digital version of the exhibition is available via an interactive kiosk inside the synagogue and a web interface.
- 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.
Memorial and commemorative events.
Video & 3D tour
Where to find us
Široká 3, 110 00, Prague 1