The Old Jewish Cemetery, located in the Jewish quarter of Prague was established in the 15th century and is one of the most important Jewish cultural landmarks in the city. The oldest grave in the cemetery dates back all the way to 1439 and burials took place up until 1787. As you walk through the cemetery you will notice graves that barely peak out from the ground and others that stand tall and all are cramped together in an almost random manner. This is due to the fact that people believe that there are multiple layers of burials that were only discovered because as the land wore away over time, tombstones from previous layers began to emerge. Today, the cemetery has a distinctly unique look, with graves of different ages and sizes crammed together in a maze like layout. Many famous Jews are buried in the cemetery including poets, scholars, and rabbis of the Renaissance era.
*Entrance to the Old Jewish Cemetery is included with admission to the Jewish Museum. If you are hoping to dive deeper into the famous sites of the Jewish Quarter, see the Jewish Museum for the six famous sites (including the cemetery).
*Closed on Jewish Holidays
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