Prague Sights

Starý židovský hřbitov (Old Jewish Cemetery)

  • Široká 3 Map It
  • Josefov
  • Cemetery
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/23/2017

Fodor's Review

An unforgettable sight, this cemetery is where all Jews living in Prague from the 15th century to 1787 were laid to rest. The lack of any space in the tiny ghetto forced graves to be piled on top of one another. Tilted at crazy angles, the 12,000 visible tombstones are but a fraction of countless thousands more buried below. Walk the path amid the gravestones; the relief symbols you see represent the names and professions of the deceased. The oldest marked grave belongs to the poet Avigdor Kara, who died in 1439; the grave is not accessible from the pathway, but the original tombstone can be seen in the Maisel Synagogue. The best-known marker belongs to Jehuda ben Bezalel, the famed Rabbi Loew (died 1609), a chief rabbi of Prague and a profound scholar, credited with creating the mythical Golem. Even today, small scraps of paper bearing wishes are stuffed into the cracks of the rabbi's tomb with the hope that he will grant them. Loew's grave lies near the exit.

  • Old Jewish Cemetery, Starý zÌŒidovský hrÌŒbitov, Prague, Czech Republic, Europe.

    Aron Brand / Shutterstock

Sight Information

Address:

Široká 3, enter through Pinkasova synagóga, Prague, Praha, 110 00, Czech Republic

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Phone:

/222–317–191

Sight Details:

  • 300 Kč museums only, 200 Kč Old-New Synagogue
  • Closed Sat. and during Jewish holidays

Published 01/23/2017

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