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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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.