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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • Absolutely amazing! I got there at 530 on a Friday night just before they close for Shabbat. I was virtually alone as all the crowds and tours had moved on. Beautiful eerie and simply breathtaking. If you are in Prague you should not miss it.
  • This is a must-see for us anytime we're in Praha. Read the history of the cemetery so you're able to appreciate what you're walking through. This is worth the price and wait- Its best to go at non-peak hours to avoid the crowd.
  • An interesting place to see, especially if you're Jewish or know something about the history or the people buried here. It has a mystical feel to it, it's hidden in the chilly share of the tall trees and walls. The only bad thing is that you can't just buy an entrance to it, you have to buy a ticket for everything in the Jewish quarter.
  • Every visitor to Prague should come here, but be prepared for crowds and waiting. Also consider all the sights of Jewish history in this country outside of Prague

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