The Jewish Quarter In Prague II

Bohemia Apartments Prague brings you the second part of article about the Jewish Quarter In Prague. The previous article you can read here: The Jewish Quarter In Prague I.

When Czechoslovakia was established in 1918, most of Josefov had been redeveloped, but Jewish life continued, centering around the synagogues, most notably the Old New Synagogue (see).

Old-New Synagoge

Old-New Synagoge

Perversely, the Nazis preserved Josefov because Hitler intended it to become “an exotic museum of an extinct race”, as Jewish artifacts were brought from all over Central Europe and housed in the Maisel Synagogue.

Today, five of the synagogues are open to the public and make up the Jewish Museum, a vivid and moving introduction to Jewish life in Prague. Particularly poignant is the Pinkas Synagogue, which lists the names of the 77,297 Holocaust victims of Bohemia and Moravia.

It also houses an incredibly moving series of children’s drawings from the Terezín transit camp. The synagogue overlooks the ancient Old Jewish cemetery, dating from 15th century and one of Prague’s most memorable sights. The graves are piled 12 layers deep in some places, and the haphazard gravestones are carved with symbols representing the trades of the deceased. For more information about the Jewish Museum see www.jewishmuseum.cz.

Old Jewish Cemetary

Old Jewish Cemetary

If you plan to visit Prague and if you are interested in to stay near to Jewish Town or in the Old Town we recommend you to check our Bohemia Apartments Prague Old Town Residence which is located 100 metres from Charles Bridge and 5 min nice walk along the Vltava bank to Jewish Town.

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2 Comments
  1. IVHE - Vacation Home Exchange 6 years ago

    This really is a must see area in Prague

  2. RomeCityApartments 6 years ago

    Franz Kafka lived there

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