Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague
The Old Jewish cemetery in Prague is considered to be one of the oldest and most amazing Jewish cemeteries across Europe. Its story started in 1439 (probably) and the last person was buried in year 1786. Since then it has been maintained, but is not used anymore.
There are couple fascinating facts about this enchanting place. First of all, one problem all Jews in Prague Ghetto were struggling with was a lack of space. Even though the cemetery was couple times enlarged, they were still forced to bury new people over the top of the old graves. That means that over the centuries they packed remains here in somewhere between 8-12 layers, with a total of around 100 000 people.
It’s quite fascinating to watch how gravestones changed over the centuries – from the oldest ones with simple round shape to the most recent ones, which look like a small tomb. If you decide to visit this old cemetery, there are couple names you shouldn’t miss. Jehuda Löw (full name: Jehuda Liva ben Becalel) was probably the most famous Prague’s rabbi. Many legends describe him as the wisest rabbi who ever lived in Prague and who knew the secrets of kabbalah. Mordecai Maisel was the wealthiest philanthropist and communal leader of Jewish Ghetto. Under his govern Jewish ghetto literally flourished – new roads were built, new synagogues, new schools – all of that from his savings. That’s probably the main reason why he became a “royal Jew” – since he was gave loans even to the emperor Rudolph II.
Old Jewish Cemetery info:
Address: Entrance through Pinkas Synagogue – Široká 23/3, Prague 1
Map. Ref.: 50.0896350, 14.4171125
Opening hours: winter season 9am – 4:30pm, main season 9am – 6 pm. Museum open daily (with the exception of Saturdays and other Jewish holidays)
Prices: since they offer a wide variety of prices & discounts, check out their current prices here: http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/info/visit/admission/
Official website: http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/info/visit/
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