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Old Jewish Cemetery, Prague

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A place as mysterious as it is historically significant, Old Jewish Cemetery is the largest Jewish graveyard in Europe. Founded in the 15th century by King Ottokar II of Bohemia, the cemetery is a major landmark of the city's old Jewish quarter. Although the burial ground contains some 12,000 visible tombstones, the exact number of people buried here remains uncertain, as the cemetery contains as many as 20 layers of graves laid one on top of the other. The oldest preserved tombstone dates back to 1439, and it belongs to a prominent poet and rabbi named Avigdor Kara. To visit Old Jewish Cemetery and get the most from your holiday in Prague, create itinerary details personal to you using our Prague vacation generator.
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  • It is hard to believe that over 100,000 people have been buried in this cemetery. In some parts of the cemetery there are nine layers of graves. This dates back to the 15th century. By the second half...  more »
  • This cemetery was founded in 1478 and for well over 300 years was the only place in the City that Jews were allowed to be laid to rest. Given the limited space available people had to be buried one on...  more »
  • This is a very old cemetery in Prague - I think the last person was buried there in the 1600s. The tombstones are all tilted and close to each other. Very interesting.  more »
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  • Prepare for it to be crowded and a waiting time to get in. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance so you can skip the queue to the ticket booth at the entrance. The tour itself is a one track walking path taking you through the sites. When there is a lot of people it feels like you are queueing through the whole site
  • Really interesting site though you can only see part of the cemetary due to the route of the path. The attached museum is reasonable but not the best of those that form the Jewish Museum in Prague.
  • Its interesting to see 12 000 graves in such a small place. But its a pity that you cant see all the gravestones from near, you can walk only on the marked path. The most famous is the tomb of Rabbi Löw, where people leave small stones and papers with their wishes...
  • Unique in it's genre. Really particoular atmosfere. Advised but too much expansive! (obviously..)
  • There is a path you have to follow that goes around the cemetery, you cannot wander around and actually walk through the cemetery which I thought is a huge bummer. The museum is okay but the items showcased not really that old. The entree price I thought was too expensive but that is relative.