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Old Jewish Quarter

The Jewish quarter (Židovská čtvrť) is a small area known as Josefov, named after Emperor Josef II, whose reforms helped to ease living conditions for the Jews (the Jewish Quarter contains the remains of Prague’s former Jewish ghetto). Josefov lies between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. Here …

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Jewish Quarter Walk

Tour starts at the Rudolfinum and ends at the Old Town Square. From as early as the 10th century, Jews began to settle in Prague and by 1254, following a series of devastating pogroms, the minority group found themselves rounded up and confined to the small ghetto of Josefov. They …

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Convent of St. Agnes

When you are in Prague’s Jewish Quarter (you should be at some point on your trip), you should ensure that you see the Convent of St. Agnes (Anežský klášter). It was founded by Agnes, who was the daughter of Otakar I, in the 1230s, but construction went on for the …

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Josefov’s main attraction is the old Jewish ghetto, which remains one of the most remarkable sights in Prague. Although the warren-like street plan of the old ghetto was demolished in the 1890s to make way for streets of luxurious five-storey mansions, six synagogues, the Jewish town hall and the medieval …

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Prague’s Synagogues

The Old-New Synagogue Known as the oldest synagogue in Europe, this building dates back to the late 13th century and was at one point the Jewish community’s main place of worship.  In addition to being an important site, it is also one of the most beautiful buildings in Prague.  The …

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