Tour in English Language
Jewish Quarter |
60 minutes |
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Tour in English language takes place 3 times per day - 10:30, 12:00 and 14:00
In this walking tour see the no longer existent 600 years of Ghetto life through the eyes of your guide. Today, the area is a high end shopping district and boasts astonishing 20th century architecture but for centuries it was isolated in the confines of a miserable ghetto.
With the commentary of experienced guide you will be able to see at first hand the evolution of the Jewish people from the crusades of medieval ages, through the glorious 19th century to the horrors of WWII and the remains of a post-communistic Czech Republic.
See Jewish Quarter Walking Tour Meeting Point here (Celetná 15, Prague - by the Old Town Square)
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The Jewish Quarter in Prague is located between the Old Town Square and the Vltava River. The first Jewish settlements date back to the 10th century, however the ghetto was not established until half of the 12th century, when Jewish people were ordered to vacate their homes and settle in one district.
The Jews were banned from living anywhere else in Prague for centuries and during those times people from Moravia, Germany, Austria and Spain moved here. During the 19th century, majority of rich Jews moved out, the ghetto was therefore considered poor and unhygienic and was supposed to be demolished.
Fortunately, most of the significant historical buildings were saved from destruction, and today they remain a testimony to the history of the Jews in Prague. They form the best preserved complex of historical Jewish monuments in the whole of Europe.
There are six synagogues in the Jewish Quarter (including the Spanish Synagogue and Old-New Synagogue which is the oldest still existing synagogue in Europe), the Jewish Ceremonial Hall, and the Old Jewish Cemetery, the largest one in Europe. The monuments fortunately survived the Nazi occupation since Adolf Hitler decided to preserve the Jewish Quarter as a “Museum of an Extinct Race”.
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Maisel Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter area organizes regular chamber concerts. Check the program.
Good guide, with personality. Show us the important sites in the Jewish area, with adequate background information.
Very informative tour to the Jewish quarter.
My mother and I did this tour and we very much enjoyed it! Our guide was Tyler and she was very knowledgeable on the Jewish Quarter, it’s history, and the history of those who lived there. She was engaging and helpful, answered the questions we asked well, and did her work with professionalism and joy! I would recommend her and this tour for people wanting to get this tasted buds wet for the Jewish Quater! Definitely stop in the synagogues!
We had an excellent tour thanks to our guide Paria. She has lots of knowledge, and she really knows how to tell a story... thank you Paria, you are awsome! :)
Very well informed and amiable guide! Good introduction to the Jewish history and a value for money tour.
Really informative, interesting, well paced tour. The group was not too large and the stories about the history of the Jewish Quarter were relevant. Our guide was wonderful.