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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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  • Reading NY times articles, visited in a busy schedule. Cemetery is cemetery. No real peculiars. Quiet as it should be. Some statutes and torsos will arouse curiosity. No such thing. Better pick up a c...  more »
  • The cemetery is included on the ticket for the "self" tour around the Josefov district, and can't be seen from outside. A quaint, small and solemn site, with the tombstones arranged almost in a higgle...  more »
  • Among the beautiful buildings of the Jewish quarter there is a striking piece of land on which they rest over 12000 Jews crammed into 12 burial sheets propped up by a myriad of ancient tombstones, one behind the other, so decomposed and disorderly surrounded by a surreal claustrophobia terribly addictive. Making a path that runs along the most important tombs like those of Rabbi Low inextricably linked to the legend of the Golem. The ticket price is 13 euros, but also allows the visit of historical synagogues and believe me it's worth it.
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  • Start your visit at the corner of Maiselova and Červená and U starého hřbitova, which is the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Down U starého hřbitova on the left you will start seeing crowds moving towards the multi layers of the Old Jewish Cemetery. Jewish population was confined to this quarter in the medieval era and due to the lack of space, a “skyscrapper” cemetery grew, with layers and layers of tombs piled on top of one another. This is one of the most important Jewish monument in Europe. A walk through here evokes a deep moment of contemplation.
  • a bit weird giving 5 stars to a cemetry, all part of the very moving story of the prague jewish community which was pretty much wiped out in ww2
  • This is one of the main hot spots you might be visiting when you are touring the Synagogues in the Jewish town in Prague. This is a really busy cemetery. Back in the days jewish could only be buried here, so the amount of bodies in the cemetery is too many in relation with the size of it. It's nothing spectacular but... this is one of the things the jewish cemetery has to offer.
  • Considering the final price, absolutely inadequate. Finally, 3 eur/head to take pictures
  • The day ticket is very good to have. Museums could be better organised to give an overall more pedagogical tour and understanding of the Jews life in Prague.