For more than 700 years, Prague’s Jewish Quarter – once known as the ghetto – has existed as part of the city’s historic Old Town. In that time, the ghetto has witnessed everything from massive fires to legends of anthropomorphic mud monsters running amok to the unimaginable atrocities of the Nazi era. And yet the Jewish Quarter still remains. On our tour today, we will learn about the colorful, often painful story of one of Europe’s oldest Jewish communities.
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Pinkas Synagogue, Old Jewish Cemetery, Old New Synagogue, Meisel Synagogue, the Spanish Synagogue, and Jubilee Synagogue
Remote Tour Included
As with all our tours, a remote tour is included that can be enjoyed from home
- Pinkas Synagogue - Jews have been a part of Prague for more than a millennium, one of the oldest in Europe. And in that time the communities they built suffered at the hands of Crusaders, Emperors, Popes, and Nazis. But through it all, Prague’s Jewish community emerged as one of the most important Jewish centers on the continent. What sets this synagogue apart are its interior walls – covered in the handwritten names of the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Holocaust who came from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. It immediately gives scale to the enormity of life lost in Nazi concentration camps in World War II.
- Old Jewish Cemetery - One of the eight oldest known cemeteries in the world and one of the four oldest known in Europe. Beneath the incredible jumble of 12,000 headstones all leaning to and fro are an estimate 100,000 corpses, with the earliest dating to 1439
- Klausen Synagogue & Ceremonial Hall - The largest synagogue in Prague tells the story of the Great Fire that destroyed almost the entirety of the Jewish Quarter, while the Ceremonial Hall next door reflects the purest form of selflessness within Judaism.
- Old New Synagogue - At 750 years old, this is the oldest synagogue in Prague and the oldest still actively in operation in all of Europe. And in its attic hides a secret.
- Jewish Town Hall and the Hebrew Clock - One of the very few buildings preserved when Prague destroyed much of the Jewish Quarter in an effort to beautify the city in the late-19th Today, it’s known for the oldest example of a backward-running Hebrew clock in a public space. But there’s also a sinister history here.
- Meisel Synagogue - Built by and named for a 16th century Jew who is quite possibly the most in Prague even to this day. If not for him, it’s possible the Catholic Austro-Hungarian Empire might have fallen to Islam and the Ottoman Turks.
- Spanish Synagogue - The youngest synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, though it sits atop one of the first synagogues built in Prague. The distinctly Moorish design reflects freedoms and equality that were being afforded Jews in the late-19th
- Jubilee Synagogue - Named in honor of a Catholic emperor in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the youngest synagogue in all of Prague, this synagogue outside the Jewish Quarter was built to replace a host of synagogues destroyed by the city in its efforts to clean up the Jewish ghetto.
- Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial - The story of a Christian Brit of German-Jewish descent who grew up in London, and who quietly saved the lives of 669 Czechoslovakian Jewish children in the months leading up to World War II.