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Old-New Synagogue (Staronová synagoga)

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      Old-New Synagogue

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   The Old-New Synagogue is the oldest sight of Prague’s Jewish Town and one of the oldest extant synagogues in Europe. It was built in the last third of the 12th century by the royal masons working on the St Agnes Convent (not far from here) so it shows the signs of late Gothic. Originally was called the New or Great Synagogue. The synagogue is surrounded by a great deal of myth and - may be - that´s why it resisted to floods, fires, pogroms and the clearance of the Jewish quarter at the beginning of the 20th century.
   The synagogue adheres orthodox custom, with separate seating for men and women during prayer services. Women sit in external rooms with small windows enabling to hear the religious ceremony. The synagogue serves a purpose (religious service) more them 700 years.