The Old Jewish Cemetery is a Jewish cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important Jewish historical monuments in Prague. It served its purpose from the first half of 15th century until 1786. Renowned personalities of the local Jewish community were buried here; among them rabbi Jehuda Liva ben Becalel – Maharal (ca. 1526–1609), businessman Mordecai Meisel (1528–1601), historian David Gans (ca. 1541–1613) and rabbi David Oppenheim (1664–1736). Today the cemetery is administered by the Jewish Museum in Prague.
The cemetery is mentioned in Umberto Eco's The Prague Cemetery, the novel which was named after it.
Ben | Dec 12, 2017
A magical place. Can't be put in any other way. You feel like you are in a fantasy movie. The whole atmosphere is breathtaking. Never have humble monuments of death begotten so much beauty.
Ramon van der Werf | Dec 19, 2017
A beautiful cemetery, which breathes a particular atmosphere. A must see, although I realize that this review sounds awkward for a cemetery. Prague has a history with the Jewish community that really suffered from the second world war. In the museum next to the cemetery the evidence of what happened is on display...... This caused a moment of silence.
Alyssa Becker | Aug 17, 2017
We visited the Jewish Cemetery independent of a guide as part of our self-guided tour of the Jewish Quarter in Prague. While we preferred the freedom of not having a guide, we were a little sad we didn't have one, as we wanted to learn more during our visit to the cemetery. The Cemetery is beautiful and moving, and a must-see site. However, there is no brochure or signs or anything to help give history of context as you are moving through. So either bring a guide or bring a guidebook, if that matters to you. That being said - a very worthy and beautiful place to visit. So quiet and serene (except the occasional less-than-respectful tour group). Note: entrance is included as part of the "Jewish Museum" ticket - you cannot pay to enter just this site. It is 500 czk for entrance to all the sites.
David Graves | Feb 13, 2018
I understand why they charge such an outrageous price to visit an old cemetery (in central Prague, overrun by tourists), but it really is a shame.
Paddy | Dec 31, 2017
Absolute trash. We waited for 45min in the queue and at the end of the queue when we wanted to buy the tickets we were told that Credit cards weren't accepted. Why can't there be signs that say this beforehand ? It would have saved us lots of time and frustration. I do not recommend seeing this place. Plus it costs so much, 300Kz per person. It really is Jew after all !
Mauro Ribeiro | May 13, 2018
Do not have much to see. Few explanation for non local language speakers or jewish. Just walls with names of the victims, lots of tombstone in the cemetery without explanation about the ritual and so on. Very expensive. Could be better.
Carlos Caio Gomes Carneiro | Jun 19, 2018
Vale a pena visitar. Um local impressionante. Ainda mais interessante se você leu O Cemitério de Praga, de Umberto Eco, antes.
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