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Old Jewish Cemetery

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Address: Siroka 23/3 | entrance at Pinkas Synagogue, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic
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+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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We visited the cemetery and synagogue with a guide so she was able to provide us a much more complete tour. She provided amazing stories about people buried at the cemetery but... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We saw this cemetery under the snow, a perfect moment the cemetery is quite small, but the emotional impact is intense.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it seems an odd place to enjoy visiting the old rituals and traditions come to light with the audio guide and provide an understanding of tomb stones drawnings and sculptures. Worth visiting!

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Probably the most attractive of the jewish museum complex. But all of them make together a good visit for schoolchildren. Has a balanced combination of history from middle age ghettos to holocaust memorial educating and interesting.

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I'm a huge Fan of Prague, and the Jewish area is always my favorite spot. The cemetery encloses lots of history and respect for what happened to this people. Take your time and take a deep breath.

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We visited the cemetery and synagogue with a guide so she was able to provide us a much more complete tour. She provided amazing stories about people buried at the cemetery but also stories behind the headstones and the history of the cemetery. Guide would complete this visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sometimes it takes a true desire for knowledge in the brain to reach the 18" to the heart. That's what it takes to really experience the Jewish history and culture. As I looked over the cemetery, I saw gold, red, green, and brown leaves falling between tilted, stacked, and fallen tomb stones. Green moss covered many. I'd stand a reflect... More 

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Bought Jewish Prague ticket allowing entry to museum, synagogues, the cemetery and celebration hall. All very well laid out with map, good explanations in multiple languages and helpful staff.

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I reccomand it because in this site there is lots of history. with one ticket (more or less 10 euro) you can visit the cemetery, two sinagoges, the cerimonial hall and the memorial hall (really touching), and everithing is close to the cemetery

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The history of the Jewish people in Europe (and elsewhere) is a stunning story. A trip through this cemetery gives some insight, however, into the strength of this culture. The sense of family and shared cultural history is evident in the row upon row of ancient tombstones resting upon one another with time-worn inscriptions lost to history. The obvious family... More 

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A bit bored and expensive tour, dont spent your money here, go to malastrana or old town square, take a beer, eat a roasted duck, walk by the streets, take a picture of the amazing buildings

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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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