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The Jewish Quarter

The Jewish community was founded in the latter years of the 11th century and Jews were never allowed to expand beyond this small quarter called Josefov, named after Emperor Josef II. Fire in 1689 and subsequent demolition left only six synagogues, the Ceremonial Hall, the Town Hall and the Old Jewish Cemetery. In the days leading to the genocide of the Jews by the Nazis in World War II, the treasures of numerous synagogues in Bohemia were brought to Prague for safekeeping, in order that a museum might be founded to document an extinct race after German victory. The collection is now managed by the Jewish Museum, which oversees several museums housed in the synagogues of Josefov – Old Jewish Cemetery, Spanish Synagogue, Pinkas Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue, Old-New Synagogue, High Synagogue, Jewish Town Hall and Klausen Synagogue.

Location: Josefov; to reach Josefov you can easily walk from Old Town Square down the Pařížská, which is just beside Church of St Nicholas

Kafka’s Prague

Even if you have never heard about Franz Kafka and have never read one of his books (novels The Trial, America and The Castle have been translated into several languages), you will surely notice his presence while visiting Prague. T-shirts, posters and mugs carrying the writer’s image are available at …

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High Synagogue

Attached to the Jewish town hall and housing the Jewish museum’s collection of silver, Torah pointers and ceremonial crowns is the High Synagogue. So named for its’ location on the second floor. The lower chamber houses a kosher restaurant. Mordecai Maisel founded the synagogue. The current building is a reconstruction …

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