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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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if you don t feel like visiting cemeteries, go there, it is a unique arrangement of tombs and has a special aura around it

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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is interesting but I did not want to pay to visit a cemetery. By chance I found a door on the left side of the cemetery (right in front of Rudolfinum) and I could see the cemetery for free ... nice and cheap view

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

if you don t feel like visiting cemeteries, go there, it is a unique arrangement of tombs and has a special aura around it

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Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was not the first time we have visited this place. We loved to go there from the old Pinkas Synagogue. The old gravestones are amazing. There is a good walking path.

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Newtownabbey, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history is palpable as you walk through the cemetery. The entry price also allows you access to the synagogue and museum. Well worth a visit.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having read of the cemetery, I could not have appreciated its complexity nor impact without seeing it. While small, an intense experience into the past. While likely less than pleasant if filled with tourists, we were fortunate to be there when the grounds were nearly empty. A moving and important experience.

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We toured here as part of the synagogues & Jewish museums tour. We loved the cemetery...very interesting & informative. The other parts were just "ok".

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in the world and is located a few blocks northwest of central Prague. It is also located in the former Jewish Town near the center of Prague and behind the Pinkas Synagogue. The cemetery has about 12.000 tombstones and the earliest one is dated 1439. I bought... More 

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Not to be missed, the stones and the graves make intriguing viewing. These include those of Rabbi Loew, creator of the Golem. Stones are tightly compressed as bodies are buried as much as 12 deep below each other.

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 11 March 2017

Not a large cemetery. Have never seen so many gravestones in such a small area and those are not the only graves as there are apparently many more buried on the site under the gravestones. An interesting and sombre visit.

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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

An amazing cemetery and a big part of the history of Prague So many tombstones in here and so crammed in, I believe bodies are 13 deep and it's no longer in use. Take a walk through and take a look at how the stones are falling and how close together they are. Well worth the visit

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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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