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Prague Day 3 – 6 May 2012

The Jewish Museum in Prague.

Jews have lived in Prague since it was founded 1000 years ago. The most visited Jewish museum in the world.

These photos were taken under cover. The museums do not allow photos taken inside, so that they can sell you their publications, although many people are led to believe that this is because of religious reasons, which is, of course, not true.

The synagogues (except for the Alte Neue) had exhibitions and all were quite different.

 

The Maisel Synagogue together with a couple of photos from the Golem restaurant next door.

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The Pinkas Synagogue and the cemetery next door. There is an exhibition of children’s drawings upstairs in the synagogue.

The cemetery was established in the first half of the 15th century.

It contains the grave of Rabbi Loew, The Maharal of Prague, whose brother Shimson is my 12th great grandfather.

Next door is the Klausen Synagogue.

In the street are little stalls selling souvenirs. Here I found Levi of Chabad.

 

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The Alte Neue Synagogue, the oldest Jewish landmark in Prague and one of the oldest surviving synagogues in Europe. The main synagogue in Prague for over 700 years.

The Ceremonial Hall was closed, but the buiding and the clock tower are worth a closer look. There are also other indications of Jewish life in this area, including a restaurant run by Chabad.

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The Spanish Synagogue is beautiful and impressively decorated on the inside.

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On the other side of the Old Town is the Jerusalem Synagogue, dedicated in 1906. The brochure describes it as an Art Nouveau stylisation of of the morphology of the Moorish style. Stunning! 

This was the only museum that allowed photos to be taken inside.

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The walk past the train station, the National Museum and Wenceslas Square

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The Museum of Communism is definitely worth a visit. Excellent displays. Very informative about a difficult era in Czech history.

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Mincha and Maariv at Chabad House. Rabbi Manis Barash, wife Dini and bocher Levi were very hospitable, as Chabad always are.

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Finally, some evening views of the Old Town

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