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Jewish Prague

1 U Staré Školy
Czech Republic 11000
Tel: 420 221 711 511's insider take:

A surprising amount of Prague's Jewish history remains, despite the fact that the former ghetto of Josefov was almost completely razed and rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. The main sites—five synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and the charnel house—form the city's Jewish Museum. The cemetery is an atmospheric collection of some 12,000 overlaid graves dating back at least to the 15th century. One of the most important is that of High Rabbi Löw, maker of the Prague golem, a folkloric man created from clay who protected the Jewish community from anti-Semites. Legend has it that the golem still lies in the attic of the nearby Old-New Synagogue, which dates from 1270. Not included in the museum complex is the New Jewish Cemetery (Nový Zidovský Hrbitov), where author Franz Kafka is buried (1 Izraelská; 420-272-241-893). Be aware: Men must wear yarmulkes or other head coverings at all sites within the Jewish Museum and the New Jewish Cemetery. Yarmulkes are available at all museum entrances, but be sure to borrow or purchase one from the New Jewish Cemetery's main office before going through the main gate.

Open Sundays through Fridays 9 am to 4:30 pm in winter and 9 am to 6 pm in summer. Closed all Jewish holidays.

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