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"Josefov" Jewish Quarter -Josefov - Tip by Pieter11

Jewish Quarter -Josefov -, Prague: 83 reviews and 147 photos

  Josefov's waterfront
by Pieter11

The Northern part of the Stare Mesto, Old Town, is completely different from the south. The Jewish Quarter, called Josefov, is an area with much fewer tourists, wider streets and of course with several Jewish mainattractions.

In the 19th century Josefov was a maze of little streets and alleys, where it always was crowded with people. The quarter was dark, humid and unhealthy, was a centre of trade and was full of poverty.

At the end of the 19th century though, the richer class of Prague, that became rich because of the Industrial Revolution, started to move into Josefov. With their money the quarter was completely demolished and rebuilt in 1896. Only six out of the nine synagoges and the Jewish Cemetary were spared. The new quarter was built with wide, strait streets, high buildings modern styles and does not look like the ancient Josefov at all. The centre is around the Parizska street, surrounded by synagoges.

Address: Josefov
Directions: From Old-Town Square about 5min north-west.
Phone: +420-224 819 456

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 28, 2006
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