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Jewish Footprints in Prague

Prague synagogue
Prague synagogue. Credit: Public Domain/shpeizer
The Jewish imprint in Prague can be found all over the city. Prague has a rich history that dates back almost to a thousand years. Prague is home to a Jewish ghetto and Jewish cemetery. The literary map of Prague is also enriched in the field of Jewish literature.
In Prague you can also sample the delectable delicacies from the Jewish cuisine. The Jewish quarter is a blend of the ancient, the present and the emerging. This quarter was incorporated in Prague, in the year 1850 and was home to the largest Jewish community in Europe. This Quarter has been the inspiration for many films.

The Old-New Synagogue is the pulse of the Jewish Quarters. It lies on the Maiselova Street. It is the oldest synagogue in the world and is striking for its Gothic facade. There are various tales attached to this area, including that of the legendary Prague monster, the Golem. Some tales even claim that this Synagogue was built from the stones of the second temple of Jerusalem.

On top of the Jewish town hall is the clock tower that is ornamented with Hebrew figures. It has a distinct architectural appeal. Here you will find the kosher eatery Shalom, where you will be served meals after the synagogue service.

Wander through the beautiful Jewish cemetery. The most notable tombstone here is of Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem. Also follow the footsteps of the legendary German-Jewish writer, Franz Kafka by visiting his house and museum in Prague.

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