The Jewish Museum is actually collections of museums and monuments dedicated to inhabitants of Pragues old Jewish Quarter. They include the famed Jewish Cementery, several centuries old synagogues and ceremonial halls. Each synagogues holds a collection of Jewish religious artifacts that is quite amazing in scale. I have never seen anything like it even in Israel. Of the synagogues all but the Old-New Syngogue has been turned into a museum filled with exhibits. Only the Old-New Synagogue is still an active place of worship. By a horrible oddity many of these buildings survived Nazi occupation by a strange ironic twist. Hitler decided not to destroy the Jewish monuments in Prague because he wanted to open an museum dedicated to "an extinct race". Instead the museums are a source of pride and survival of the Jewish people.
To visit these sites you must pay a for a ticket that sort of covers all of them under one umbrella. This will cost you a whopping 450kcs (about $17.00US). I was rather shocked by this but after visiting all of the attractions I felt that the cost was well worth it.
The museum is open from 9am to 6pm everyday but Saturday and on Jewish Holidays.
Favorite thing: The ancent Jewish cemitery in the Jewish old "ghetto" was in use since the first XV century untill 1787, about 1200 graves are there.Visiting this cimitery in a very cold and snowing day, was really impressive.
Favorite thing: This old cemetary is the main focal point of the Old Jewish neighbourhood, just north of the Old Town. The display of plain tombstones is a very rare vision, typical of Jewish communities. In fact, the Nazis kept it in order for it to become a museum of an extinct race. Gruesome thought...
Favorite thing: The Old Jewish Cemetery with 12,000 tombstones, an evocative sight. The oldest grave is dated 1439, and by 1787 when the cemetery ceased to be used, the area became so crowded that burials were carried out one on top of the other, as manay as 12 layers deep.
The Jewish Cemetery
Fondest memory: A little way off Old Town Square is the most remarkable part of the former Jewish Town. Its caracteristics are the thickly piled gravestones and the four-walled tomb, built over the graves of important people, there are almost 12,000 gravestones in the cemetery.
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