When I first set eyes on this building, I though it was part of a Castle, I never expected it to be a Ceremonial Hall.
The building was built in 1912 and was given to the Jewish Burial Society. It was used as a mortuary, where important Jewish people were taken to be prepared for burial.
What I found interesting, was during the Nazi occupation, they left this building alone.
The Nazis decided not to destroy the museum, but instead use it as a “Museum of an Extinct Race.” Hitler intended the entire Jewish Quarter of the city to become a museum to the vanished race.
During Nazi rule, the staff devoted themselves to preserving their history even though there was constant threat of deportation and death. Many had already lost their families to the Nazi concentration camps. The staff only survived while they could prove that they were useful to the Nazis, most were deported to Terezin and Auschwitz.
Now, the Jewish Museum holds a permanent exhibition on Death and anything to do with it.
The other part of the exhibition is of Jewish Customs and Traditions which deals with the everyday life of Jewish households over the centuries.
now our virtual tour moves on the the jewish quarter (josefov). in the heart of the jewish quarter is the jewish town hall. it was built between 1570 and 1577 by jewish town mayor mordechai maisel. the tower was added after the war with the swedes in 1648. the baroque facade was added in 1763. today it houses the council of jewish communities of the czech republic. not open to the public.
First time I visited this district, too. Some interesting synagogues, but we had few time to enter much of them. Strange, that it was prohibited to take a picture of hanging men (souvenirs) at street shopping, woman came out and started to shout ... :)
To be able to explore this part of Prague's history you need to by the tickets. You can find them in Pikas Synagogue. There are a few types of tickets but one that includes everything is about 20 euros per person.
The jewish town is part of my history , as a jew i thought it is MUST VISIT.
You can see how the jewish community lived here.
It is very close to the old town center (10 minutes walking).
Places of interest are the Town Hall, five synagogues (Old-Town, Pinkas, High, Klausen, Maisel) and Old Jewish Cemetery.
The Jewish Town Hall, or Zidovska Radnice, was built in 1586, and has been the centre of the Jewish quarter for centuries. The money to build it was donated by Mordecai Maisel, whose grave and tombstone are in the Old Jewish Cemetery.
The building was totally renovated in the eighteenth century, which is why it now has a pink rococo facade, a clock tower and a Hebrew clock, whose hands turn backwards or anticlockwise.
Just wandering around the Jewish quarter is interesting without having to visit all the museums there (to avoid tour groups visit these around lunch time). The rebuilding of the ghetto area at the beginning of the 20th century gave scope for new designs concepts. Amonst all the art deco flowering dsigns and decorative motifs you will also see simple cubist buildings - thankfully these did not catch on, they are rather bland in my opinion. However I did like the cubist style atlantes framing windows such as the ones seen in Elisky Krasnohorske St.
The Jewish Town Hall is just next to the Old New Synagogue. Build in the end of 16th century the building was the meeting spot of the local Jewish community.