Old Jewish Cemetery and Ceremonial Hall:
Prague, Czech Republic

One of the most popular, and perhaps most important Jewish sites in Prague is the Old Jewish Cemetery, one of the oldest surviving Jewish cemeteries in the world. The cemetery was founded in the 15th century and the earliest tombstones are dated at 1439. The last burial was in the year 1787. There are 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery. The cemetery was not large enough to accommodate the needs of the Jewish community even though it was expanded several times. When the community ran out of space they started layering the bodies. The bodies were layered up to 10 on top of each other!

There are some famous Rabbis buried in the cemetery. Most notably the scholar and teacher, Maharal of Prague, Rabbi Judah Ben Bezalel Loew (d. 1609) and Rabbi Avigdor Kara who was a famous scholar and poet buried there as well (d. 1439). Many people come to pray at the graves of these famous Rabbis.

Adjacent to the Old Jewish Cemetery is the Ceremonial Hall built by the Prague Burial Society in 1906-1908. The building was used for its original purpose until the end of the First World War. It became part of the Jewish Museum in 1926. The building currently houses a museum with most of the focus on the cemeteries, burial rituals and ceremonies.

 

Posted: January 2, 2018

Address:

Široká 3

110 00 Praha 1

 

Phone Number:

+420 222 749 211

 

Hours:

The museum’s visitor sites – monuments, permanent exhibitions and the Robert Guttmann Gallery – are open every day except Saturdays and the Jewish holidays:

1 January – 24 March 2017: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

26 March – 27 October 2017: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

29 October – 31 December 2017: 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

24 December 2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

 

Website: https://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/explore/sites/old-jewish-cemetery/

 

Price:

Tickets can be purchased at the museum’s Information and Reservation Centre, the Spanish Synagogue, the Klausen Synagogue and the Pinkas Synagogue, or you can visit our e-shop. The Information and Reservation Centre also accepts credit cards and payments in EUR.
Tickets are valid for 7 days.
The sale of tickets ends 30 minutes before closing time.

There are various options of combo tickets to the many different Jewish sites.

 

PRAGUE JEWISH TOWN

Maisel Synagogue Pinkas Synagogue Old Jewish Cemetery Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall /Spanish Synagogue / Old-New Synagogue + temporary exhibitions in the Robert Guttmann Gallery

Each ticket is valid for seven consecutive days from first use. Each site can be visited only once.

Adults: CZK 500

Children aged 6-15, students under 26: CZK 340

Children under 6: free

Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children):

Adults: CZK 500

Children aged 6-15: CZK 160

Children under 6: free

 

JEWISH MUSEUM IN PRAGUE

Maisel Synagogue Pinkas Synagogue Old Jewish Cemetery Klausen Synagogue / Ceremonial Hall /Spanish Synagogue + temporary exhibitions in the Robert Guttmann Gallery

Each ticket is valid for seven consecutive days from first use. Each site can be visited only once.

Adults: CZK 330

Children aged 6-15, students under 26: CZK 220

Children under 6: free

Family tickets (2 adults and up to 4 children):

Adults: CZK 330

Children aged 6-15: CZK 100

Children under 6: free



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