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Jewish Quarter (Josefov)

U Stare Skoly 1, Prague 11000, Czech Republic (Praha 1)
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Ranked #73 of 320 Attractions in Prague
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This historic pre-war Jewish neighborhood now stands as a silent memorial to its people.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

I really do like wandering around this fascinating part of the city, so many interesting buildings. Over the years I have mad many visits inside the buildings but even without actually entering any place it is still an amazing place to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Prague's Josefov district is steeped in history and well worth a visit when in the city. The exhibition of children's drawings from Terezin in the Pinkas Synagogue is really moving, and the Jewish cemetery is also impressive. It was worth the extra fee to visit the Old-New Synagogue as it's still used as a place of worship.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

i was here about 20 years ago - and it much different today. it has become much more a tourist destination than it was. the synagogues are impressive and the cemetery really needs to be walked to be understood. same as before, now there are shops and tour groups, everything has an entrance fee and can be very crowded. my... More

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Palermo, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Because of Prague Jewish quarter ranks among the best preserved heritage of Jewish history in Europe we really couldn't miss that visit when we were in Prague. Though there are plaques with informations we wanted to learn more about the whole history of Jews in Prague. So we decided to take the tour by Terezin Private Tours with which we... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Not worth the money unless you are familiar with Jewish culture or you take a guide. Entrance is very expensive an we had to wait half an hour in a queue. On the cementary (which is impressive) there is not even short description about its history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Jewish Quarter itself has six attractions within it. I loved the Spanish Synagogue. The geometric patterns adorning the walls and the ceilings were breathtaking. Also it was very peaceful. Could sit inside for hours. The Old Cemetery was also interesting. The audio guide is required to understand the different tombstones so don't go without hiring one at the ticket... More

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Claremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

We were there at Simchas Torah and the whole neighborhood was closed down. We could only walk around with our guide who pointed out the historical sights. Nothing, not even the cemeteries, was open.

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new rochelle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

A bit expensive--however, your best option is to buy the pass to all the sites in the Jewish Quarter.Seeing the names of the Holocaust victims is makes the experience of what happened become real. The cemetery is like stepping back into history, and the Spanish Temple is beautiful

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Merksem, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is something you can't miss when visiting Prague. Even for non-jewish or non-religious people : this is something that makes people humble and quiet! Just do it!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

To us Americans it seems incomprehensible that European cities kept their Jewish populations in ghettos, the only place they were allowed to live. For us tourists, this is convenient, because we can visit Prague's Josefov neighborhood and get a strong taste of Prague's Jewish culture. And there is much beautiful Art Nouveau architecture in this area, contrasting with the synagogues... More

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