|Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova synagoga) is one of the historical monuments that form the
Jewish Museum in Prague.|
It was built in 1590-92 under a privilege granted by Emperor Rudolf II, and for a century it stood as the largest and most impressive building in the Jewish Ghetto.
Maisel Synagogue was funded by the mayor of the Jewish ghetto, Mordechai Maisel, who carried out extensive building and reconstruction works throughout the area in the late 16th century; a time considered to be a golden era in the ghetto.
In 1689, a fire tore through the ghetto and burnt down the Renaissance synagogue. It was subsequently rebuilt and modified several times, before acquiring its current Neo-Gothic form in 1893-1905.
Maisel Synagogue suffered neglect under the Nazi and communist eras, but reconstruction in 2014-2015 has restored the building to its original early 20th century look.
A permanent exhibition at Maisel Synagogue tells the story of the 'Jews in the Bohemian Lands, 10th-18th centuries'. A number of rare artefacts are on display, and there are touch screens for visitors to search through old Hebrew manuscripts, find out about prominent Jewish figures and view historical maps of Jewish settlements in the area.
People can visit Maisel Synagogue in the daytime by purchasing a ticket for the Jewish Museum in Prague, which gains you entrance to several other Jewish Quarter monuments too. Alternatively, visitors can go on a Jewish Quarter Tour.
In the evening, because it has been beautifully restored, Maisel Synagogue becomes a comfortable and accessible venue for classical music concerts.
During the winter the interior of the synagogue is heated, but it is advisable to wear warm clothing for the concerts.
For listings and to book tickets for the concerts: Prague concerts
To discover more about the Maisel Synagogue, take a tour:
Jewish Quarter Tour
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour
Prague Grand City Sightseeing Tour & Boat
Prague All Inclusive Walking Tour & Boat
Prague Old Town & Jewish Quarter Tour.