Friday, October 21, 2011:Ceiling Contest!
Don’t let this lovely little pattern fool you. It’s only a tiny part of an incredibly ornate ceiling in Prague, which leads us to our next Ceiling Contest.
Can you identify its home? Here are some clues:
* It was built in 1868.
* It sits on land once occupied by a synagogue which burned down in 1389.
* Its name is of uncertain origin; perhaps the design is meant to remind people of the Alhambra.
* Its elaborately patterned interior features stylized Islamic motifs.
* It was designed by Vojtěch Ignátz Ullman.
* During World War II it was a repository for property confiscated from Jews.
* It was restored in the late 1990s.
* Today it serves as a museum and concert hall.
* It’s owned by the Jewish Museum of Prague.
And just in case you’re still not sure, here’s a look at a bigger swatch of ceiling:
It’s the Spanish Synagogue. – oo
Photo Credits: Miroslav Setnička