Spanish Synagogue

The Spanish Synagogue is not named for Spanish refugees, like Amsterdam’s Portuguese Synagogue is, but for its gorgeous Moorish design inspired by the Alhambra. It’s the newest synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, dating back only to 1868.

The guide told us it’s still technically active as a place of worship, but she’s not aware of regular services. That said, the Ark is kept closed unlike in, e.g., the Maisel Synagogue, which I understand means it is still active. It also houses a museum of modern Jewish history, beginning with Emperor Josef II’s emancipation of the Jewish population in the 1780’s.

   10 May 2023
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Spanish Synagogue