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Address: Siroka 23/3 | entrance at Pinkas Synagogue, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
Phone Number: +420-222-749-211
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with...

There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with animal and plant motifs.

The most important figures buried here:

the scholar and teacher, Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel, known as the Maharal (d. 1609)

the scholar and poet Avigdor Kara (d. 1439)

the founder of the Pinkas Synagogue, Aaron Meshulam Horowitz (d. 1545)

the mayor and developer of the Prague Jewish Town, Mordecai Maisel (d. 1601)

the Renaissance scholar, historian, mathematicians and astronomer, David Gans (d. 1613)

the collector of Hebrew manuscripts and books, Rabbi David Oppenheim (d. 1736)

The Old Jewish Cemetery is part of Jewish museum in Prague.

The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world and along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is the most important site in the Prague Jewish Town.

It was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1439; the last burial took place 348 years later. Although the cemetery was expanded several times over the centuries, it was still not big enough to meet the needs of the Jewish Town. As space was scarce, bodies were buried on top of each other, with graves layered up to 10 deep.

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The history of the cemetery made it a must for me

With so many people having been buried here through the ages, it was a site I wanted to visit. Seeing the many headstones in disarray made me ponder the years that had gone by... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This cemetery is one of a kind. We've visited numerous historic cemeteries, but never have I seen one where the graves are built on top of one another for lack of space. In some areas the tombs are twelve deep. The tombstones themselves are fascinating, as you see how styles change over the centuries. The audio tour (purchased at the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

With so many people having been buried here through the ages, it was a site I wanted to visit. Seeing the many headstones in disarray made me ponder the years that had gone by from when the stones were first set. It's obviously a very holy place as there were several Jewish men praying over the headstone of Rabbi Low.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Strange sensation to pay to visit such a place ( years ago was free entrance...).but apart from taking money from everything, that i don t appreciate as Philosophy of life, this place is full of spell and holy feelings. I suggest the visit for everyone.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a haunting cemetery worth a peek. We didn't go in as we were pushed for time but the view from outside was haunting and lovely. If you have time go here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With graves tumbling one on top of another and a tiny packed cemetery with burials over burials going back centuries, this is an extraordinarilly atmospheric place to visit, especially in combination with visits to other nearby Jewish memorials and synagogues.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Emotive cemetery which we briefly skirted on a free tour and then came for a longer time when returning for a more detailed visit to the Jewish quarter. The authorities really should show some empathy with the history of the cemetery and get rid of the numerous tacky souvenir stalls which, in my opinion, have no place being located in... More 

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Thank you for your comment. Regarding offered souvenirs around JMP, the museum is responsible only for those stalls in front of the Pinkas Synagogue. We believe that those souvenirs are stylish. JMP has nothing in common with the assortment of other stalls in the former Prague's Jewish Town and we agree with you that its quality is rather low. Thank... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately we were visiting Prague right at the end of Sukkot, and all of the synagogues and Jewish sites were closed for the holiday. We had a very short amount of time before we left the city, and wanted to at least take a look at the cemetery. You cannot buy a ticket to see just the cemetery. They have... More 

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Thank you for your comment, the comprehensive list of Jewish holiday can be found on our website. We will be happy to welcome you within our opening hours! More 

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The Old Jewish Cemetery is quite a site. With not enough room to lengthwise, Jews buried the dead one on top of the other, 12 graves deep. With that type of space-saving process, the headstones of the cemetery are pretty crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While visiting Prague one should visit and show respect at the Old Jewish Cemetery and the adjoined old synagogue which has some 80.000 names written on its walls, names of people from and around of Prague who perished in the holocaust.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good tour, full explanations, a little crowded in Early November, Last rooms a little difficult due to one way in and the same way out on stairs

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Josefov
Josefov houses Prague’s Jewish community. This small neighbourhood centered around Široká street is completely surrounded by Staré Město (Old Town). As the former Jewish Ghetto, today all that remains are a few synagogues and the oldest surviving Jewish cemetery in Europe. The narrow streets were once small enough that a person could touch the houses on both sides. You can still feel the dignity and history this neighbourhood carries in its legacy as Franz Kafka’s birthplace. Nearby streets are full of kosher restaurants, museums and antique bookstores.
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