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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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Wanted to come and photograph here,...arrived with plenty of time to spare only to find out it is not open on Saturdays. Next time I come I'll make sure to plan better.

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This has to be biggest rip off in Prague! Ticket price is more than to see any other museums in Prague including the castle and st vitas Unless your Jewish and historian then avoid Best Buy tickets to see concert in Spanish Synagogue for a truly memorable experience Having said all this you must visit the Old Jewish Town and... More 

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Wanted to come and photograph here,...arrived with plenty of time to spare only to find out it is not open on Saturdays. Next time I come I'll make sure to plan better.

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Although we had spoken about the cemetery during our planning phase for an all-too-brief visit to Prague, we happened upon it by chance. We opted to visit the cemetery only, due to our agenda and regrettably did not use an audio guide. I believe that these choices enhanced our experience in a unique way, particularly because we were alone as... More 

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We visited here as part of a larger tour of the Jewish Quarter. To be honest there was not to much to appreciate here as the headstones were too old and worn to be read even if you can speak Hebrew. They also seemed to be very haphazard one leaning on another. Much more impressive is the Pinkas Synagogue where... More 

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Part of the Jewish museums tour this cemetery has an interesting story . Refused extra land for a larger cemetery the local council offered more soil so that the dead could be interred on top of others - and so it went on so the level got higher and higher . The cemetery is packed tight with old grave stones... More 

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A stunning ignorance of the back story of the Jewish community in Prague perhaps made a visit to this beautiful cemetery in Prague even more significant. The Jewish quarter is well worth a visit and overall this is a very moving experience.

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The Old Jewish Cemetery is located in the Jewish Quarter and is a ‘must see’ while in Prague. This fact makes it a very difficult attraction to navigate due to the sheer volume of tourists that walk the paths. This is why we planned it carefully and sought advice on the best way to make the most of the attraction.... More 

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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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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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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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