The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic

It is estimated that the Old Jewish cemetery in Prague has 12,000 visible tombstones, with up to 100,000 burials. The cemetery was active from the early 1400s until 1787. It is sobering and surreal at the same time. It is quiet. People walk around in wonder, and respect.

The small space was all that was available.  As Jews don’t move or unearth bodies, new graves were added on top of existing graves.  If more dirt was needed only the stones were moved to the surface. It was very bizarre and almost eerie to be here.

Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

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Jewish Cemetery in Prague

The grave marker for Rabbi Low, probably the most famous of the graves here in the Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague

All photos on this page ©Rhonda Albom 2012. All rights reserved.

We visited Prague in 2012 as part of our around the world travels.

More about Prague’s Old Jewish Quarter in this book: Prague Self-Guided Walks: The Jewish Quarter.

Had you heard about this old Jewish cemetery in Prague before?  Have you visited here?

Comments

  1. Joyce says:

    Wow. That is strange.

  2. Meryl says:

    I love old cemeteries, and this one look awesome.

  3. Theresa says:

    Wow! Looks more like a headstone dumping ground than a cemetery!

  4. stevebethere says:

    I think it looks interesting 🙂

    Have a tabulous week

  5. Teresa says:

    Talk about a close knit family…that’s a little too close. Interesting!
    Teresa from NanaHood.com

  6. Whoa..there is certainly a lot of history in those cemeteries. Happy WW

  7. Mitch says:

    My parents were there 2 weeks ago, in that cemetery!

  8. Aussiepomm says:

    Is this the Cemetery, thats on the top of a hill, and sort of overlooks the river on one side and the city as well?? I went to visit one when I was there last year!!! love the old headstones…

    Mines up as well at AussiePomm – Pelican in-flight

    Have a great day!!

  9. Amanda M. says:

    I’ve been to that cemetery in Prague. It is really beautiful! Great pictures!

  10. The Mommy says:

    Fascinating! I would love to see it for myself.

  11. Beth F says:

    I bet it’s an emotional place to visit.

  12. Erika Price says:

    What an incredible place, it almost looks like a stonemasons yard – at first glance you’d be forgiven for not realising it was a cemetery!

  13. sandra tyler says:

    I love cemeteries. They bring me back down to earth.

  14. Robin's Nest says:

    Wow! Those are amazing tombstones.

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  16. posh says:

    I am so amazed at the condition of the tombstone considering all that they have been through. I love that you post these historical photos every week 🙂

  17. Rosey says:

    I’ve never seen a cemetery quite like it!

  18. Old cemeteries are cool, but this one does not look much like a cemetery.

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  19. Kristi says:

    Wow, looks interesting…plenty of headstones to read and do etchings on.

  20. Cafe au lait says:

    Great shots. Visiting late for WW.

  21. Bill says:

    Wow, they must have buied them deep. I have never seen a cemetery like that. The Hoff in Dundee comes close.
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  22. Cass says:

    When ever I look at old cemetery’s I always admire the larger headstones you get. Today in the UK there is a height limit but the older stones are not restricted like this, I bet there is some really special work gone into some of those stones

  23. itsemmaelise says:

    I have never heard of this cemetery before, but it looks very interesting. Like you said, it sounds a bit eerie. I’m not sure if I would have the guts to visit!

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