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Stories of Jewish Prague: 3-Hour Historical Tour

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Take a 3-hour walk with a historian as your guide, on an introduction to Prague’s thousand-year-old Jewish Quarter. See the oldest functioning synagogue in the world, and 4 additional historic synagogues, and visit the ancient Jewish cemetery.
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  • Discover the rich culture that developed in Prague’s Jewish ghetto
  • Visit the Renaissance-era Town Hall and learn of its historical relevance and its occult legends
  • See one of the world’s largest collections of Judaica at Prague’s Jewish Museum
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Your 3-hour tour begins at the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest functioning synagogue in Europe. Built around 1270, it is also among the oldest Gothic structures in Prague. At the heart of Jewish culture, this synagogue serves as the backdrop for a discussion of Jewish religious and social customs during the medieval period.

Visit the Renaissance-era Town Hall built by Mordechai Maisel and hear about the Golden Age of Prague’s Jewish community.

As you continue to move through one of the largest collections of Judaica in the world, you’ll come to understand the paradoxes of the Jewish experience in Prague. In 1782 Josef II issued the Edict of Toleration, granting the Jews religious freedom, eliminating professional restrictions, and allowing Jewish children to attend schools and universities. A grateful community renamed the ghetto district Josefov, as it is still known today.

All this freedom was destroyed in the 20th century by the genocidal nationalism of Nazi Germany. Prague’s Jewish community was decimated by the Holocaust.

Hear about the political, economic, and ethnic tensions that led to Hitler’s invasion of Czechoslovakia and the implementation of the Nazi’s Final Solution in Prague.
  • 3-hour guided walk
  • Historian guide
What’s Not Included
  • Jewish Museum and Old New Synagogue Tickets (CZK 530 per adult/CZK 370 per student)

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Jewish Museum Information Center and Cafe, Maiselova 38/15, 110 00 Josefov

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• Guides for the tour includee professors, doctoral students, historians, journalists, art critics, and published authors
• Note to travelers with mobility issues: please note that this tour as regularly offered includes walking up and down stairs that are sometimes very narrow and/or steep. If you believe you will have difficulties, please consider booking a private tour so that your guide can tailor the route to your limits and personal rhythm, leaving out some sites and focusing on other sites as needed

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