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An irresistible Moorish style...

The Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 on the site of the oldest Prague Jewish house of prayer ("the Old Shul"). It was designed in a Moorish style by Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann. The synagogue has a regular square plan with a large dome surmounting the central space. On three sides there are galleries on metal structures, which fully open onto the nave. The remarkable interior decoration features a low stucco arabesque of stylized Islamic motifs which are also applied to the walls, doors and gallery balustrades. The interior, together with the stained glass windows, were designed by architects A. Baum and B. Munzberg and completed in 1893. František Škroup, the composer of the Czech national anthem, served as organist here in 1836-45.

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Qiryat Motzkin

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  • Uploaded on July 22, 2012
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Nadia Kushnir
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D200
    • Taken on 2011/06/29 15:53:04
    • Exposure: 0.000s (1/2500)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash