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Small-Group Historic Jewish Quarter Walking Tour in Prague

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    Stop At: Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, Siroka 23/3 entrance at Pinkas Synagogue, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world and along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is the most important site in the Prague Jewish Town. The National Geographic magazine lists it among the top ten cemeteries to visit around the world.

    It was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1439; the last burial took place 348 years later. Although the cemetery was expanded several times over the centuries, it was still not big enough to meet the needs of the Jewish Town. As space was scarce, bodies were buried on top of each other, with graves layered up to 10 deep.

    There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with animal and plant motifs.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, U stareho hrbitova 243/3a 110 00, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague.

    Built in the late Gothic style in 1535, it was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz, a prominent member of the Prague Jewish Community, and probably named after his grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It was originally a place of prayer for the Horowitz family and was located near a ritual bath (mikveh). It was restored to its original form in 1950-54.

    In 1955-60 the Pinkas Synagogue was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Shoah from the Bohemian lands. One of the earliest memorials of its kind in Europe, it is the work of two painters, Václav Boštík and Jiří John. After the Soviet invasion of 1968, the memorial was closed to the public for more than 20 years. It was fully reconstructed and reopened to the public in 1995 after the fall of the Communist regime.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Klausen Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, U Stareho Hrbitova, 243/3A Stare Mesto, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Klausen synagogue is the biggest synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

    “Klausen” was originally the name given to three smaller buildings from the 16th century that used to be on this site. These buildings included a yeshivah (Talmudic school) that was founded by the famous Rabbi Loew. After the ghetto fire of 1689, the Klausen Synagogue was erected on the site in 1694, in the early Baroque style.

    It was the Prague Jewish Community's second main synagogue and a number of its prominent rabbis served here. It was also used as a place of prayer by the Prague Burial Society.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Maisel synagogue was erected in 1592 on the basis of a privilege granted by Emperor Rudolf II. Its founder was Mordecai Maisel, the Mayor of the Prague Jewish Town.

    Built by Judah Tzoref de Herz and Josef Wahl, it was originally a Renaissance temple with three naves, which was unusual for its day.

    The synagogue burnt down in the ghetto fire of 1689 and was rebuilt several times. It acquired its current Neo-Gothic form by Prof. A Grotte in 1893-1905.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Precious Legacy Tours, Kaprova 14/13, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    We will end the tour back at our offices in the center of Prague
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    The Spanish Synagogue is currently closed for renovations. Naturally a problem outside of the tour operators control however no attempt was made to supplement the program to fill in the resulting gap. Perhaps a tour of the New Old synagogue could have been included or...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Roving535215
    PreciousLegacy, Manager at Precious Legacy Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Hello, Thank you for your feedback of our tour of the Jewish Quarter. We appreciate you taking the time to review the tour. We are very sorry to hear that you felt that your tour was rushed. Prague's Jewish Quarter is relatively large with many...More

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Miroslav was a wonderful guide, not only is he knowledgeable about the Jewish history of Prague, he tells the story of his parents who were survivors of Terizen concentration camp. An incredible story, he also pointed out his grandparent’s names of the memory wall. Even...More

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    Reviewed 14 July 2019 via mobile

    Thank you Vlasta. We really enjoyed our time with you! We highly recommend this tour and you in particular.

    Thank SandraR344
    Reviewed 29 May 2019

    Our tour was a private one by default because others had not registered for it that day. What luck! Our charming and knowledgeable guide Vlasta met us promptly and proceeded to take us on a memorable journey of Jewish life in Prague. We visited the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank krosen
    Reviewed 26 May 2019

    The tour of the Jewish Quarter is a must to accurately understand the history of Prague in the 20th century and the role the Jewish people. The tour includes so many details of life before and after Germany's occupation and explains why this area was...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Anita J
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