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Small-Group Historic Jewish Quarter Walking Tour in Prague

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    Stop At: Stary zidovsky Hrbitov, Siroka 23/3 entrance at Pinkas Synagogue, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Old Jewish Cemetery is among the oldest surviving Jewish burial grounds in the world and along with the Old-New Synagogue, it is the most important site in the Prague Jewish Town. The National Geographic magazine lists it among the top ten cemeteries to visit around the world.

    It was founded in the first half of the 15th century. The earliest tombstone dates back to 1439; the last burial took place 348 years later. Although the cemetery was expanded several times over the centuries, it was still not big enough to meet the needs of the Jewish Town. As space was scarce, bodies were buried on top of each other, with graves layered up to 10 deep.

    There are about 12,000 tombstones in the cemetery, many decorated with animal and plant motifs.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, U stareho hrbitova 243/3a 110 00, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Pinkas Synagogue is the second oldest preserved synagogue in Prague.

    Built in the late Gothic style in 1535, it was founded by Aaron Meshulam Horowitz, a prominent member of the Prague Jewish Community, and probably named after his grandson, Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It was originally a place of prayer for the Horowitz family and was located near a ritual bath (mikveh). It was restored to its original form in 1950-54.

    In 1955-60 the Pinkas Synagogue was turned into a memorial to the nearly 80,000 Jewish victims of the Shoah from the Bohemian lands. One of the earliest memorials of its kind in Europe, it is the work of two painters, Václav Boštík and Jiří John. After the Soviet invasion of 1968, the memorial was closed to the public for more than 20 years. It was fully reconstructed and reopened to the public in 1995 after the fall of the Communist regime.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Klausen Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague, U Stareho Hrbitova, 243/3A Stare Mesto, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Klausen synagogue is the biggest synagogue in the Prague Jewish Town.

    “Klausen” was originally the name given to three smaller buildings from the 16th century that used to be on this site. These buildings included a yeshivah (Talmudic school) that was founded by the famous Rabbi Loew. After the ghetto fire of 1689, the Klausen Synagogue was erected on the site in 1694, in the early Baroque style.

    It was the Prague Jewish Community's second main synagogue and a number of its prominent rabbis served here. It was also used as a place of prayer by the Prague Burial Society.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Maisel Synagogue, Maiselova 10, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    The Maisel synagogue was erected in 1592 on the basis of a privilege granted by Emperor Rudolf II. Its founder was Mordecai Maisel, the Mayor of the Prague Jewish Town.

    Built by Judah Tzoref de Herz and Josef Wahl, it was originally a Renaissance temple with three naves, which was unusual for its day.

    The synagogue burnt down in the ghetto fire of 1689 and was rebuilt several times. It acquired its current Neo-Gothic form by Prof. A Grotte in 1893-1905.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Precious Legacy Tours, Kaprova 14/13, Prague 110 00 Czech Republic

    We will end the tour back at our offices in the center of Prague
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    Departure Point
    Memorial Kafka, Dušní, 110 00 Praha 1-Staré Město, Czechia
    Duration
    2h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - Stary zidovsky Hrbitov
    • Entry/Admission - Pinkas Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
    • Entry/Admission - Klausen Synagogue, Jewish Museum in Prague
    • Entry/Admission - Maisel Synagogue
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    • A small amount of walking is involved.
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately.
    • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We picked this tour based on reviews and ratings. My wife and I were the only customers. Clara was great with good English and full of knowledge. I remember a review saying that the Jewish grave yard is not to be missed and I couldn't agree more.
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    The Spanish Synagogue is currently closed for renovations. Naturally a problem outside of the tour operators control however no attempt was made to supplement the program to fill in the resulting gap. Perhaps a tour of the New Old synagogue could have been included or more time
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    Response from PreciousLegacy, Manager at Small-Group Historic Jewish Quarter Walking Tour in Prague
    Responded 18 Aug 2019
    Hello, Thank you for your feedback of our tour of the Jewish Quarter. We appreciate you taking the time to review the tour. We are very sorry to hear that you felt that your tour was rushed. Prague's Jewish Quarter is relatively large with many Synagogues and monuments (including the Cemetary and Museum) to visit in just 2.5 hours. This does mean that unfortunately there is not much time to spend at each place. Despite the fact that the Spanish Synagogue is closed at the moment, our guides do fill in the gap by spending a little more time at the other sites which are visited. We are sorry if this did not happen and we will raise your feedback with the guide. We also apologise that the guide needed to confirm the monuments which were purchased on your admission tickets. As there were just the two of you on the tour with the guide, he was unsure and had to clarify whether you had booked a private tour or a group tour with us (as the monuments visited do slightly differ). We trust that you otherwise enjoyed your tour and found it informative. Thank you again for your feedback. Kind Regards Precious Legacy Tours
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    Miroslav was a wonderful guide, not only is he knowledgeable about the Jewish history of Prague, he tells the story of his parents who were survivors of Terizen concentration camp. An incredible story, he also pointed out his grandparent’s names of the memory wall. Even if you
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    Thank you Vlasta. We really enjoyed our time with you! We highly recommend this tour and you in particular.
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    Our tour was a private one by default because others had not registered for it that day. What luck! Our charming and knowledgeable guide Vlasta met us promptly and proceeded to take us on a memorable journey of Jewish life in Prague. We visited the Maisel, Klausen, Pinkas,
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