Top 10 Things to See and Do in Prague, Czech Republic

6. The Jewish Quarter – Top 10 Things to See and Do in Prague

The Jewish Quarter - Top 10 Things to See and Do in Prague

Within Old Town lies a three-block radius where several original synagogues, Jewish cemeteries, museums, and other landmarks have survived the centuries. Especially poignant is the Old Jewish Cemetery where one can wander along a path of 12,000 tombstones that are old, eroded, inscribed in Hebrew and leaning this way and that. From 1439 to 1787 this was the only burial ground allowed to the Jews of Prague, so over time the graves had to be piled on top of each other – sometimes up to eight deep – so there are actually closer to 85,000 dead here. Layer by layer, the cemetery grew into a small plateau which is now several feet above the modern street level – which is already high above the medieval level.

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