Jewish heritage in Prague is as old as the city itself, dating back over a millennium. One of the oldest and most remarkably preserved sites of Jewish historical significance is Prague’s Jewish Quarter. Among the many distinguished figures of Prague’s thousand-year-old Jewish community are the world-famous Kabbalist and Creator of the Golem, Rabbi Low, the “court Jew,” Mordechaj Maisel, and the renowned author, Franz Kafka.
Discover the treasures of the ancient Jewish Quarter. View the interiors of four famous synagogues and the exterior of the oldest synagogue north of the Alps, the Old-New Synagogue, still in use today. Behold the region’s most extensive collection of beautiful Judaica, including silver, glass, textiles, manuscripts, and other rare, precious objects. Take a walk through the Old 14th century Jewish Cemetery, with its densely packed layers of graves up to 12 layers deep, and see the Burial Brotherhood Building.
Go to the Pinkas Synagogue, now a hallowed museum dedicated to the Czech victims of the Holocaust, which includes a poignant exhibition of drawings by the children of the Terezín Ghetto, the Klausen Synagogue, which contains a permanent collection of lore surrounding the Maharal; the Maisel synagogue with its extensive collection of Judaica; and the newly restored Spanish Synagogue, built in the Moorish style.
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