Josefov Walk, Prague

Josefov Walk, Prague
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Josefov, formerly the Jewish ghetto of the town, is completely surrounded by Prague Staré Město. Here you can find beautiful and historically important synagogues, as well as art galleries and museums. This tour will help you to explore the most interesting sites of the Jewish quarter.

Josefov Walk - Route Map

Guide Name: Josefov Walk
Guide Location: Czech Republic » Prague
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: vickyc
Maisel Synagogue

1) Maisel Synagogue

South of the New Old Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter, you will find the Maisel Synagogue which belongs nowadays to the Jewish Museum and is used, as are many other buildings in Prague, as an exhibition hall.

The synagogue was built in 1592 by the Josef Wahl as a private place of prayer for Mordechai Maisel. This rich philanthropist also commissioned the Klausen and High synagogues and the Jewish Town Hall. Built on 20 pillars, the synagogue is the first in Prague to be accessible by women.

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Pinkas Synagogue

2) Pinkas Synagogue

Built in 1535 next to the Jewish Cemetery, Pinkas Synagogue was commissioned by Aaron Mesullam Horowitz as a family place of worship. The synagogue was named after Aaron’s grandson the Rabbi Pinkas Horowitz. It has a reticulated vault and the southern tract and gallery for women was added in the 17th century. During an archaeological survey before reconstruction and renovation following water damage in the late 60s, vaulted spaces, a ritual bath and an ancient well were discovered under the...   view more
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The Rudolfinum Art Gallery

3) The Rudolfinum Art Gallery (must see)

Editor's note: closed from July 7, 2014 till the end of September, 2014.

If you want to visit a really fine gallery while you are in Prague, don’t miss the Rudolfinum Art Gallery in the Rudolfinum complex. This beautiful Neo-Renaissance building which opened in 1885 was used as the seat of the Czech Parliament for several years before the 2dn World War and became the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in 1946. The Art Gallery was opened in 1994 and occupies 1500 square metres of...   view more
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Jan Palach Square

4) Jan Palach Square (must see)

Jan Palach Square is a ‘new’ square when compared to other squares in Prague. In 1945 it was named the Square of the Red Army in commemoration of the Russian soldiers who died liberating Prague. Between 1969 and 1970 it was rather tentatively renamed Jan Palach Square after the young student committed suicide by self-immolation as a protest of the Soviet occupation of his country. The name was officially adopted at the end of 1989 after the communist regime came to an end.

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The Museum of Decorative Arts

5) The Museum of Decorative Arts

Located in the Jewish Quarter, the Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in a 19th century Neo-Renaissance building and displays examples of international historical and contemporary arts. The aim of the museum is to leave samples of art and crafts throughout-the-ages for future generations.

The ground floor of the museum holds exhibitions that change every month of art students and renowned artists. On the first floor are the permanent exhibitions of objects from the 14th century to the...   view more
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Ceremonial Hall

6) Ceremonial Hall

Just next to the Klausen Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter you will come across a building that resembles an old castle or perhaps a grand manor house. This is the Ceremonial Hall and you’ll probably ask yourself what wonderful history is connected to this impressive building.

Sadly, the answer is: not much. The Hall was built in 1912 from designs by the architect J. Gerstl in a pseudo-Romanesque style. It was given to the Jewish Burial Society and was once a ceremonial hall and mortuary,...   view more
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Klausen Synagogue

7) Klausen Synagogue

The Klausen Synagogue stands near the entrance of the Jewish Cemetery in the Jewish Quarter. It is particularly worth visiting for its permanent exhibitions.

The synagogue was commissioned by Mordechai Maisel, a rich philanthropist, in honour of Emperor Ferdinand III who visited the area in 1573. Originally it consisted of three buildings and named “Klausen” which is the plural of “Klaus” and means “small buildings”. The 1st building was used for religious ceremonies, the 2nd was...   view more
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The Old New Synagogue

8) The Old New Synagogue

The Old New Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter is the oldest synagogue in Europe that is still in use as a place of prayer. It is also the oldest synagogue that boasts a twin nave.

The synagogue was built in 1270 and is one of Prague’s 1st Gothic buildings. The twin nave is explained by the building’s architects being Christians who based the plans on monasteries of the period.

The double naves have six vaulted bays each with five-ribbed vaulting, which is rather unusual, as most Gothic...   view more
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High Synagogue

9) High Synagogue

The High Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter was built in 1568 next to the Jewish Town Hall. It was financed by Mordechai Maisel, a philanthropist and one of the richest men in Prague.

Built next to the Jewish Town Hall, the synagogue was a place of preaching for the councillors of the Town Hall and also where the Rabbinic Court was held. The name came from the fact that the prayer hall is found on the 1st floor of the building.

In 1689 the synagogue was destroyed in the Great Fire, but was...   view more
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Parizska Street

10) Parizska Street

When you visit Parizska Street, not far from Wenceslas Square, you would be forgiven if you think that you have been transported to the French capital.

Parizska Street is the most fashionable – and the most expensive street in Prague. Its elegant buildings and tree-lined pavements are the equal to any shopping street in Paris, after which it takes its name. At Christmas the shops are beautifully decorated, the trees are strung with white fairy-lights and horse-drawn carriages trot along the...   view more
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Spanish Synagogue

11) Spanish Synagogue (must see)

Prague can quite rightly boast to having some of the most beautifully decorated buildings in Europe and the Spanish Synagogue, even by Prague’s standards, is quite simply breathtaking.

Located in the Jewish Quarter, this Moorish Revival synagogue was built in 1868 according to the plans by Vojtech Ingnatz Ullman, on the site of the oldest synagogue in Prague. If you are a seasoned traveller, you might think that the building looks familiar; this is because it is a close copy of the...   view more
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Jewish Museum

12) Jewish Museum (must see)

The Jewish Museum in Prague was founded in 1906 by historian Dr. Hugo Lieben and Dr. Augustin Stein, who later became head of the Prague Jewish Community. The goal was to preserve artifacts from the Prague synagogues demolished during the Urban renewal of the old Jewish Quarter in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1942 the Nazi regime established the Central Jewish Museum, with the goal of commemorating the heritage of an exterminated people by collecting notable objects of Jewish...   view more
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Jewish Quarter

13) Jewish Quarter (must see)

Jews started to settle in Prague as early as the 10th century, but it wasn’t until the 13th century that they were ordered to give up their homes and move into a rather small area located between the Old Town and the River Vltava. Prague’s Jewish Quarter is well worth a long visit.

After the 13th century the “ghetto” as it was called grew as more and more Jews were sent to live there. At one time over 18 000 people lived in the area and restrictions on their movements and trade...   view more
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