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Old Jewish Cemetery
Old Jewish Cemetery

Old Jewish Cemetery

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Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Cemetery
Ranked #15 in Prague things to do
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Široká, 110 00 Staré Město, Czechia
+420 2 2171 1511
http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/pamatky-a-expozice/pamatky/stary-zidovsky-hrbitov/
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If you want to experience serene tranquility mixed with visual profoundness, visit the Old Jewish Cemetery when you are in Prague. Though only see around 12,000 tombstones are visible, there are ... Read more
layers upon layers of graves that hold the bones of around 100,000 people in total. Because graves were dug up and reburied so many times, the effects of time have left thousands of crooked and angled tombstones. There is limited space to navigate between some of them because of how they have shifted. Hours can be spent looking at the tombs that are stacked one on top of another and looking at tombstones that are hundreds of years old.

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Glasgow, UK

An interesting little sight, crammed with gravestones as far as the eye can see. Queues can be busy so pick up your Jewish Museum ticket at a different location and skip the queues. It costs extra to take a photograph but there are no staff around so I took a couple anyway. It's a very Czech thing to charge extra for the right to take a photo but it is often poorly enforced so don't get too worried.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Seriously creepy experience being here. Apparently bodies were buried several layers deep to save space.

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San Diego, California

This is the most amazing cemetery I have ever seen. So many graves stacked upon one another with the stones leaning each and every direction! Make sure you see the tombstone of Rabbi Low, who is associated with the legend of the Golem. Visitors leave stones and coins along with their prayers at his tombstone.

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Local from Prague, Czech Republic

The atmosphere of this cemetery has to be felt to be believed. One of the oldest surviving Jewish cemeteries in the world, this is one of the most important sites in Prague's Jewish history. The 12,000 or so graves are layered up to ten deep; the cemetery was begun in the middle of the 15th century. Visit the cemetery by purchasing admission to the Jewish Museum.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Aside from how old the cemetery is...the tombstones are very close together and stick up all over the place like teeth jutting out of a mouth. Bizarre and mesmerizing at the same time.

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Reading, UK

A fascinating chaotic jumble of graves that actually towers over the surrounding area. Worth taking the guided tour.

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Cocoa, Florida

The Old Jewish Cemetery is located in Prague's Jewish Quarter. The cemetery dates back to the early fifteenth century. There are over ten thousand tombstones, but it is thought that there are about one-hundred thousand buried here. There are thought to be as many as twelve layers of graves in this cemetery, which would explain why the gravestones are so close together.

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San Diego

If you're going to spend time in the Jewish Quarter, a given sight is the cemetery. I highly recommend buying the whole museum package like I did (tour 5 of the 6 synagogues plus the cemetery), but if you have limited time, at the very least buy a separate ticket to the cemetery. It's haunting (literally), sobering, and visually stimulating with its thousands and thousands of crooked, angled tombstones piled on top of a rising mound of earth...which holds 100,000 bodies. This hallowed ground was dug up, reburied, dug up again, and piled on with layers of bones and soil repeatedly between the 12th and 18th centuries, resulting in the haphazard sight you see today. It's an impressive walk around the perimeter, and larger than I expected, so the entrance fee is well worth it.

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Nizwa, Oman

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague is creepy cool. Just down the street from Franz Kafka's Cafe, in a back alleyway you'll find headstones clustered together haphazardly and jutting out at weird angles - ancient Hebrew script underneath the mildew and neglect of times long forgotten. The legend of the Golem, a murderous automaton made of clay by a nefarious rabbi with ties to the supernatural lives on.

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Atchison

A must see. Very somber. Visit the museums--very moving. The cemetery is layered 6 to eight stones deep. So shameful for the Jewish history in Prague. There is a charge to take pictures and a charge for the museums. Well worth the price. Vendors line the streets up to the cemetery.

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Long Beach, California

This site was really interesting. Shell out the extra cash for a tour of the cemetery. I was able to follow the American tour in front of me to get all the background info on the graves.

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London, UK

One of the most remarkable sites in Prague, the cemetery for the jewish ghetto will stay with you.

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Cleveland, Ohio, USA

This is a MUST see! Even if you're not Jewish, the history here is incredible!

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Mountain View, California

Another must if your a Jew. one of the oldest cemetery in the world hold to a lot of famous names.

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Bremen, Germany

Maybe you like to trust a secret to Rabbi Loew? It's a hidden place of a culture rooted out by the Nazis. Fortunately you'll find lots of gravestones and a fixed path to pass by.

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Paris, France

Nice place to go. Same tip - buy the combined tickets from the shop a few steps from the entrance to avoid the long lines.

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Padua, Italy

All the Jewish area in Prague is really fascinating and would say strange, but the cemetery is really something incredible. It's not so big but lapids are all very close. There are also some important people buried here. when we get inside I had the feeling to be in a surreal situation. I was expecting something strange could happen ( obviously it couldn't).

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I haven't been to many cemeteries but I can't imagine others being a profound an experience as here. To quietly walk through the centuries of gravestones was extraordinary. I recommend you take the time ground yourself in the past here.

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Napa, California, USA

Incredibly packed cemetery in the Josefov district. When the cemetery filled, up, and they couldn't get more land, they just added dirt and then added another layer of bodies. There are an estimated 12,000 visible graves, and potentially 100,000 bodies in total buried here.

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Hawaii

Very interesting historical value, long lines but worth a visit!

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