Hebrew district in Prague

Named after the emperor Josef II, whose reforms helped the Hebrew to improve living conditions in Prague, Hebrew district contains the remnants of ancient Hebrew ghetto.

During the Second World War, many Hebrew died and those who survived were forced to leave the country by the communists, the Jewish community in Prague today consists of 5000-6000 people.

Hebrew Museum in Prague has one of the most impressive collections of Jewish art, textiles, silver in the world. There are over 40,000 exhibits and 100,000 books.

Old cemetery Hebrew – founded in 1478, is the oldest Hebrew cemetery in Europe. People had buried one another due to lack of space. There are 12 holes and 12,000 tombstones.

Pinkas Synagogue (Pinkasova Synagoge) – founded in 1479 by Rabbi Pinkas this synagogue was rebuilt many times over the centuries. In it there is a gallery for women added in the early seventeenth century of a collection of paintings and drawings made ​​by children during the Second World War.

Klausen Synagogue (Klausova Synagoge) – Founded in 1694, it contains exhibitions Jewish newspapers and manuscripts, Jewish Traditions exhibitions and drawings made by children in the Terezin concentration camp.

Old-New Synagogue (Staronova Synagoge) – founded in 1270 is the oldest synagogue in Europe and one of the oldest buildings in Prague.

High Synagogue (Vysoka Synagoge) – is called so because prayer rooms are on the first floor, and was founded in the XVI century. Inside are exhibitions gowns, drapes, curtains, silver ornaments and a souvenir shop downstairs.

Jewish Town Hall (Zidovska rDNA) – This synagogue was built in 1856 but its façade was added in the eighteenth century. It contains a clock tower on which are Jewish figures.

Maisel Synagogue (Maiselova Synagoge) – Built by Maisel, the original building suffered a fire in 1689. A neo-Gothic synagogue was built in its place. Since 1960 she organizes exhibitions in Jewish silversmiths, newspapers and books many of them made ​​in Prague by the Nazis to open a museum.

Spanish Synagogue (Spanelska Synagoge) – founded in 1868 was so called because the inside engraving Moors. In it is an exhibition showing the evolution of Jewish life in the Czech Republic and to their empowerment today.