The Klaus Synagogue is located in the immediate vicinity of the Old Jewish Cemetery. Its name is derived from the German word “Klaus” meaning “small building”, which originated from the Latin “claustrum”.

The original Tříklaus Synagogue was a complex of three buildings – two synagogues and a yeshiva – built at the end of the 16th century by Mordechai Maisel . One part was founded by Rabbi Löw for the college of Talmud, the second was a prayer room, and the third was intended for a ritual bath ( mikveh ) and for the care of the sick .

Today’s building of the Klaus Synagogue was created only after the disastrous fire of the ghetto in 1689 and was completed in 1694. The next reconstruction of the Klaus Synagogue took place in the eighties of the 19th century. The Klaus Synagogue was the largest synagogue in the ghetto,  the second main synagogue of the Prague Jewish community and the synagogue of the Prague Burial Brotherhood (an institution that takes care of Jewish funerals and cemeteries, the sick, the elderly and the dying).

During the occupation, the interior was destroyed. Further reconstruction of the synagogue took place in 1979-84 and 1995-96. Only the shape of the windows and the inscription plate on the pillar have been preserved from the original building, dating the establishment of the synagogue to 1694.

Today, the permanent exhibition of the Jewish Museum of Jewish Traditions and Customs is located here .

Here you can see an exhibition dealing with the issue of worship services on weekdays and holidays , you can also look into an unfolded Torah scroll and you will also see prayer books and other ritual objects. In addition, exhibitions on Jewish holidays and rituals are prepared for visitors, including birth, circumcision or wedding. Objects related to these rituals are exhibited here.

Items typical of the Jewish household are also exhibited here .


Klaus Synagogue

At the old cemetery 3a
110 00 Prague 1

  • Tel.:+420 221 711 511
  • Email:office@jewishmuse…
  • GPS:50.089987 14.417243Region:Prague
    City:Prague 1

Opening hours

January – March
1.1. – 28.3.
Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 16:30
March – October
30.3. – 23.10.
Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 18:00
October – December
25.10. – 31.12.
Monday – Sunday 09:00 – 16:30


Price: 350 CZK
Reduced price: 250 CZK


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