Josefov



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Address:

Next to Old Town Square
110 00 Prague, Czech Republic

Phone:

+420 2 2171 4444

Hours:

24 hrs

Strenuousness:

No Sweat

NileGuide Expert tip:

When visiting the Jewish Museum in Prague, it is possible to buy separate tickets for the different sites. Even if you only plan to visit a couple of buildings, the combination tickets are such better value for money that only three or four separate monuments can equal the price of a full combination ticket.

Description:

Located between Old Town Square and the Vltava River, the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) is what remains of Prague's Jewish ghetto. In the 13th century, Prague's Jewish community was ordered to all move to this one small area. As time passed, the population grew and this part of Prague became extremely overpopulated. In late 19th century, an intense redevelopment was undergone but that doesn't mean the Jewish people were off the hook. They remained in this ghetto until WWII, when the majority of the Czech Republic's Jewish population either died or was forced out of the country by communist leaders. Today, Josefov is an important cultural area. Within its borders lies the best-preserved group of Jewish historical monuments in Europe. This includes six synagogues, including the Old-New Synagogue and the Spanish Synagogue, the Jewish Town Hall, the Old Jewish Cemetery, and museums, such as the comparatively new Robert Guttmann Gallery. Most of these sites are controlled by the Jewish Museum in Prague.

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