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“Very disappointing”

Old Jewish Cemetery
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$43.87*
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Prague Jewish Quarter And Synagogue Walking Tour With Admission Tickets
Ranked #56 of 1,049 things to do in Prague
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with animal and plant motifs. The most important figures buried here: the scholar and teacher, Rabbi Judah Loew Ben Bezalel, known as the Maharal (d. 1609) the scholar and poet Avigdor Kara (d. 1439) the founder of the Pinkas Synagogue, Aaron Meshulam Horowitz (d. 1545) the mayor and developer of the Prague Jewish Town, Mordecai Maisel (d. 1601) the Renaissance scholar, historian, mathematicians and astronomer, David Gans (d. 1613) the collector of Hebrew manuscripts and books, Rabbi David Oppenheim (d. 1736) The Old Jewish Cemetery is part of Jewish museum in Prague. 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. 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.
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We felt very frustrated after the visit. Note: we are not Jewish. For the price charged ($US25 per person which includes 2 different tickets: one to visit the cemetery and one to visit the old new Synagogue - they are sold separately...), you would expect to have a guide or at least some documentation to provide some explanations about the place and its history. But there were none. And you are not allowed to take any picture. It is still impressive to see what happened there. But we felt it was more a money grab then anything else.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Old Jewish Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2015

Thank you for your review. The Old-New Synagogue is owned by the Jewish community in Prague, not the Jewish Museum in Prague. That is why the tour is not included in the tour of the JMP. This information is however given everywhere where tickets are sold. You can buy separate tickets or a combined ticket to visit all the sites.
Since 2015 taking pictures is allowed everywhere in each museum site without any restrictions after purchasing a photo permit.
We do recommend to do a guided tour in case you are interested in more detail and to fully enjoy your visit. Tours with a certified guide of the Jewish Museum in Prague are available for individual visitors as well as organized groups. Guided tours in English are held daily during the museum's opening hours usually at 10.30 am and at 14.00 pm. (It is necessary to check this information at the Information and Reservation Center ).
Guided tours in English scheduled for other times can be booked by appointment. For more information on guided tours and admission can be found on our website. Thank you for your understanding. We will be happy to welcome you again!

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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

80 years ago Jewish people had to pay to escape!! Most of the reviews on here are accurate. 300 kc to enter and see museums, synagogues, cemetery, etc.

So at first I thought the price was slightly high but those thoughts may have been compounded from waiting in line in 0 C weather!

Interesting things (slightly macabre)
1. Seeing names if holocaust deaths cover an entire room. Very poignant
2. Some of the graves are so old you have TREES growing over them!!

To note:
The ticket gives you access to 5 synagogues but you have to "find" them, that is after the Jewish Museum, you exit out to Main Prague. You need to show your ticket when entering the synagogue.

Bottom line: interesting to see, if pressed for time can skip

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Old Jewish Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

This place is magic. And it is not only for Rabi Lowi that is able to fulfill your true wish. No matter how many information you get here, no matter how vivid your memories are, after some time your heart would give you a signal - return to this place. Maybe it was a shadow of KAFKA that crossed your way, might be that you need to compare spring juicy green with many autumn colours in this place. Ask yourself what makes you come and then go back.

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer at Old Jewish Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded September 29, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

Really moving and impressive. Thousands of graves compressed one next to the other, a silent peace and the grave of a semi-legendary rabbi.

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jewishmuseminprague, Manažer komunikace at Old Jewish Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2015

Thank you very much for your review and we are looking forward your next visit!

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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Absolute Rip Off. I wanted to see the cemetery, but the only way we could do this was to buy an admission ticket to a bunch of other Jewish stuff that was of no interest. Having walked all the way there I still paid up. It took about 10 minutes in total to walk around the outside of the cemetery, at which point we were then ejected into the street. Cost £20 for the two of us, for a 10 minute walk around the outside. They should be ashamed, they are a disgrace to this fine city.

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jewishmuseminprague, Tým podpory webu TripAdvisorFront Office Manager at Old Jewish Cemetery, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2015

Thank you for your review. JMP with all of its objects including the Old Jewish Cemetery is a single entity, not a set of isolated monuments and exhibitions. That is why we offer combination tickets.
The cost of approximately £20 includes two adult tickets which include the Maisel Synagogue Pinkas Synagogue Old Jewish Cemetery, Klausen Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall, Spanish Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue + temporary exhibitions in the Robert Guttmann Gallery. The tickets are valid 7 days - the duration of your visit or the number of visited sites is naturally up to each visitor. Thank you for your understanding.

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