110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
420 221 711 511
NileGuide Expert tip:
Male visitors to the Old-New Synagogue have to cover their heads. A paper yarmulke is provided. Keep this hat with you if you plan on visiting other synagogues in the area. Women aren't required to wear any special hat or garment.
The Old-New Synagogue (Staronova synagoga) is one of the Jewish Quarter's must-see sights. Completed in 1270, it was one of Prague's first buildings built in the gothic style. This is the synagogue where Franz Kafka had his bar mitzvah. Furthermore, it is said that the body of Golem (created by Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel to protect the Jews) is kept in the attic, which is not open to the public. Because the streets have been raised since the time it was built, the building is low and, in turn, quite dark inside. Even in the darkness, though, one can appreciate the Cathedral-esque interior, which hasn't been altered for more than 700 years.