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In the Ghetto next to the cemetry, you will find this Baroque synagogue was completed in 1694. They house a good exhibition of Hebrew prints and manuscripts, an exhibition of Jewish traditions and customs and also drawings of children from the Terezín concentration camp .
In the Ghetto area you will find this synagoge. From what I have read in books, a man by the name of Mordechai Maisel was the leader of Prague Jewish community. He was the richest Prague citizen in the 16 th century, and used to lend money even to Emperor Rudolph II. Maisel had done a lot to improve life in Prague Jewish ghetto. He had the streets paved, a poor-house built and many other things done. The Maisel Synagogue was built as his private synagogue, approved by Rudolph II. An exhibition of the Jewish Museum in Prague is situated there nowadays.
If you take a day tour, you will probably land here, but it is within walking distance of the other site seeing places and you can do it on your own. The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague – “Beth Chaim” (House of Life) – is the second oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. The cemetery was founded in the 15 th century, and the oldest existing gravestone is dated 23 rd April 1439. It is an amazing site to see the approximately 20 000 gravestones pressed against each other and variously inclined. It is because of the lack of space in the Old Jewish Cemetery: during the centuries, the graves had to be put one on another, somewhere even 12 layers.
Directions: situated in Josefov, the former Prague Jewish Town
I loved the Ghetto area with its lovely buildings and the old church. It is so full of history, a must see. The former Jewish Ghetto in Prague has a long history, going back to the 12 th century. When visiting the area, you will find the oldest still existing synagogue in Europe – the Old-New Synagogue – and the Old Jewish Cemetery from the 15 th century. Several other historical buildings are preserved in this quarter, which is called Josefov at the present time. You can either take a tour through the area and learn more about the history, or just do it by yourself, walk around and discover the interesting places.
There are nine black light theatre's in Prague. I think that is a must as far as I am concerned to go and see a show. The vibrant colours and the story lines are fantastic.
The idea of black light theater was born in China. In the early days the Chinese used candlelight to perform silhouette shows over white cloth screens.
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Wenceslas Square is a popular meeting place and the busy commercial centre of Prague. The area is not as romantic as the old town area, much more modern with all the shops around. The street is 680 metres long and is lined with hotels, department stores, offices and cinemas.
This square is the center of both business and culture. It's where you'll find the National Museum at the end of the boulevard right after the monument of King Wenceslas.
Directions: Metro line C station Narodni muzeum or line A station Mustek.
A place that is always extremely busy with people mulling around, moving from one place to the next. Tour groups usually meet here. In the square you will find the 18th century Baroque Church of St Nicholas, to the right ot it and really towering over the square, is the imposing Church Our Lady of Tyn. Dating from the 15th century, this is the best example of Gothic architecture in the Stare Mesto.
The square has seen many historical events in its time like in 1945, when residents greeted the Soviet troops who had taken the city from the Germans. Then again 23 years later, they stoned Soviet tanks with Molotov cocktails as they came to end the Prague Spring (the liberal movement). In 1990, this was the scene of the Velvet Revolution, when the Czech people dissolved their ties with the Warsaw Pact and became independent.
Walking around the old town square area of town, you come across many very interesting sites, like this fountain which is as you are facing the astological clock to your left.
I love the architecture of this unique building which was the Jewish Ceremonial Hall. Today it is part of the Jewish Museum of Prague
I love walking around the jewish part of town and exploring it. There are such lovely buildings there and the place really has a lot of caracter.
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