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The Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague

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The Old Jewish Cemetery of Prague

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Basic Information

Location Široká, 110 00 Prague, Czech Republic
Phone number 221 711 511
Country Czech Republic
City Prague

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment yes
Handicap accessibility no
Website http://www.jewishmuseum.cz/en/acemetery.htm
Geographical Coordinates 50.08942,14.41847


Summary

The Old Jewish Cemetery lies in the Jewish Quarter of Prague in the Czech Republic. It was in use from the early 15th century until 1787. Its ancestor was a cemetery called "The Jewish Garden," which was found in archaeological excavations under the Vladislavova street, New Town. The number of people buried there is uncertain, because there are layers of tombs. However, it has been estimated that there are approximately 12,000 tombstones presently visible, and there may be as many as 100,000 burials in all. The most notable personalities buried in the Old Jewish Cemetery are Yehuda ben Bezalel known as the Maharal Rabbi Low, Mordechai Maisel, David Gans and David Oppenheim.


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