Prague Old Jewish Town

Welcome to the site devoted to the landmarks and history of the Jewish Prague.

Panoramatic view of the Španělská synagoga (Spanish Synagogue) and Muzeum židovství (Jewish Museum)
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We have prepared a tour of the most interesting view points of the Jewish Prague for you.

staronova-synagoga-z-vychodu-1836 Prague has always been related to the Jewish community. According to the historical records the first information on the Jewish inhabitants in Prague come from 1200 AD however it is more probable that they have always lived there.

Prague takes an absolutely exceptional place in the Jewish culture concerning the historical development and the extent of the buildings and landmarks. Despite the fires, wars, pogroms and finally their expulsion from the land, the Jews had managed to build their own district in Prague which they called Josefov in gratitude for the Emperor´s Edicts from the end of the 18th century.

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Rabi Löw - Sculpture by Ladislav Šaloun Come with us and discover by means of the articles and finally a complete tourist guide this mysterious town within a town.

The articles are divided into thematic parts:

  • In the first part we have prepared general information on Judaism for you.
  • In the second part we will introduce the main view points of the Old Jewish Town to you.
  • And the third part involves other Jewish landmarks of Prague.

How the site Jewish Prague works:

Description of the Jewish Prague is given in form of the articles that can be found below.

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GENERAL INFORMATION ON JUDAISM:

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Life in the name of the Torah 
Jewish traditions and customs

Meaning of „Kosher“
Synagogue
Jewish prayer 
Mordechai Maisel

Rabi Löw
Franz Kafka 
Noted Jewish Personalities
 
Legend of Prague´s Golem

History of the Jewish inhabitants in the Czech lands
Sanitation of the Jewish ghetto

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Map of the Old Jewish Town- Josefov  in Prague:

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Pinkasova synagoga: 50.089283, 14.417005
Starý židovský hřbitov: 50.088983, 14.417166
Maiselova synagoga: 50.088781, 14.418677
Obřadní síň - budova pražského Pohřebního bratrstva: 50.090037, 14.417031
Staronová synagoga: 50.089926, 14.418488
Klausová synagoga: 50.090350, 14.421120
Vysoká synagoga a židovská radnice: 50.089971, 14.418582
Španělská synagoga: 50.090209, 14.421019
Jewish Museum in Prague (Židovské muzeum): 50.090649, 14.420930

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MAIN MONUMENTS OF THE PRAGUE OLD JEWISH TOWN:

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Prague Jewish Town – Josefov (Pražské židovské město)
Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova synagoga)
Pinkas Synagogue (Pinkasova synagoga)
Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Židovský Hřbitov)
Klausen Synagogue (Klausová synagoga)
Jewish Ceremonial Hall – building of Prague Burial Society
Old New Synagogue (Staronová Synagoga)
Jewish Town Hall (Židovská radnice)
High Synagogue (Vysoká synagoga) 
Spanish Synagogue (Španělská synagoga)
Jewish Museum (Židovské muzeum)

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Map of the other Jewish Monuments in Prague:

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Židovské památky mimo cetrum: 50.087371, 14.420820

Jubilee Synagogue in Jerusalem Street (Jubilejní synagoga v Jerusalémské ulici)
The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague´s Žižkov(Starý židovský hřbitov na Žižkově)
New Jewish Cemetery (Nový židovský hřbitov)
Smíchov Synagogue (Smíchovská synagoga)
Old Jewish Cemetery in Smíchov
(Starý židovský hřbitov na Smíchově)

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Prague 1 still belongs to one of the most attractive parts of the whole Prague. Probably nowhere else you can find such a concentration of historic monuments and places where the history and romance of bygone times are all around you. Hardly anywhere you can walk on the same paths where were walking Franz Kafka, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Golem of Prague.

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PHOTO GALLERY :

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PRAGUECITYLINE Prague 1

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Prague Candy Festival 2017

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ONE-HOUR RIVER CRUISE

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Old Town Square

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Enjoy a beautiful view of Prague!

The roof terrace restaurant Coda is open to all lovers of great gastronomy and unique views of the city. The terrace offers a 360° view of the entire Prague and looking at all the treasures of the Golden City.

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Ministry of Industry and Trade / Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu

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The Municipal House – unique gem of the cultural life

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THE MUNICIPAL HOUSE – It was here that an independent Czechoslovak Republic was declared

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Old Jewish Cemetery (Starý Židovský Hřbitov)

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18. 1. 2018

The Holy Trinity Column

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THE TRINITY COLUMN – Malostranské square

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The Spanish Synagogue – the youngest yet the most beautiful

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St. Agnes Convent – Legends and other curiosities

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