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. With our online itinerary creator, Prague attractions like Old Jewish Cemetery can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • There is so much history, so much tragedy, in this cemetary. Layers upon layers of gravestones. Names sometimes visible. Symbolism of the heritage for some - bird, fish, deer. Located near the synagog...  more »
  • Located in Josefov, is one of the main sites of the Jewish ghetto. With the combined ticket you can visit all the synagogues and stroll in the neighborhood discovering amazing stories of a past that has left its mark. impressive cemetery, a piece of history that emerges in the heart of the city and seems to remember every single moment what happened in years past.
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  • I found this cemetery incredibly moving, and sad. Having been through the synagogue and viewing this timeline history with it's photographs devastating! That said, from a historical point of view, it ...  more »
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  • The kippas are way too small for a normal head. Would highly advise against going without a guide due to the rather bad audio guides. Interesting place though, but I wouldn't visit it twice.
  • Didn’t want to pay €20 just to see a cemetery but I also wanted to see what’s in there and maybe take a photo or two. So I walked to the small metal gate across divadlo na rejdisti and peeped in.
  • Do not have much to see. Few explanation for non local language speakers or jewish. Just walls with names of the victims, lots of tombstone in the cemetery without explanation about the ritual and so on. Very expensive. Could be better.
  • A magical place. Can't be put in any other way. You feel like you are in a fantasy movie. The whole atmosphere is breathtaking. Never have humble monuments of death begotten so much beauty.
  • 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 didn't have one, as we wanted to learn more during our visit to the cemetery. The Cemetery is beautiful and moving, and a must-see site. However, there is no brochure or signs or anything to help give history of context as you are moving through. So either bring a guide or bring a guidebook, if that matters to you. That being said - a very worthy and beautiful place to visit. So quiet and serene (except the occasional less-than-respectful tour group). Note: entrance is included as part of the "Jewish Museum" ticket - you cannot pay to enter just this site. It is 500 czk for entrance to all the sites.
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