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GetCOO | Spanish Synagogue - Jewish Museum of Prague

Spanish Synagogue - Jewish Museum of Prague

The Spanish Synagogue is a Moorish Revival synagogue built in 1868 to the design of Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann. The facade copies the form of the Leopoldstädter Tempel, built in Vienna in 1853, a tripartite facade with a tall central section flanked by lower wings on each side. As in Vienna, the central section is topped by a pair of domed turrets. The synagogue is most remarkable for the elaborate style of the interior, every surface is covered by elaborate Islamic-style polychrome and gilded patterns, some painted and some carved or molded. During the Second World War, the Germans used the building as a repository for property taken from the Jews.