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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  • August 17, 2017
    I have walked all the way to the cemetery with a great emotion and feeling unwell. Even if you already know what you're going to see before entering, I didn't imagine I would so effect. Must be seen
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Jewish cemetery is an ancient monument, which dates back to the 15th century, whose deaths are not at all confused with the victims of Nazi persecution (in whose memory there is the impressive list of names on the walls in the Pinkas synagogue). Rather you are immersed in the tradition of a people, among the graves without effigies, and the remains of several famous rabbis, such as the tomb of Rabbi Low, the creator of Golem, recognizable by the presence of stones and votive candles. Tombstones and elderberry trees (and in summer some Hypericum plants and mullein grown spontaneously among the graves) flock to shade passersby, recalling also that much of the magic that we usually link the medieval and modern ages derives from Hebrew books. Beautiful.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We visited the Jewish Cemetery independent of a guide as part of our self-guided tour of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. While we preferred the freedom of not having a guide, we were a little sad we did...  more »
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  • July 6, 2017
    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
  • May 24, 2017
    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.
  • January 22, 2017
    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...
  • February 7, 2017
    Unique in it's genre. Really particoular atmosfere. Advised but too much expansive! (obviously..)
  • December 22, 2016
    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.

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