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The Jewish Quarter, or Josefov, is located directly in Stare Mesto. However, because of its unique history, it should be explored separately from the rest of Old Town.

For centuries, Prague’s Jews lived in this quarter, which at the time was an enclosed ghetto. In 1850, the area was incorporated into Prague, and in the 1890s the area was razed, creating the coherent, and beautiful streetscape that runs through the heart of Prague (for instance, Parizska Street). Despite the destruction of the ghetto, many of the old synagogues were saved.

Stroll through the Jewish Quarter, and you will be able to see and visit, the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest synagogue in Europe; the Old Jewish Cemetery which for over 300 years (until 1787) was the only burial ground permitted to Jews and in which over 100,000 people have been buried; the High Synagogue, the Pinkas Synagogue, which holds a collection of artwork by the children held at the Terezin Concentration Camp during the Nazi occupation of Prague, as well as a memorial to all the Jewish Czechoslovak citizens who were imprisoned at Terezin; the Maisel Synagogue; the Spanish Synagogue, historically the center of the community of Sephardic Jews; and St. Agnes’ Convent.

Additionally, the Rudolfinum, the home of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, is near the Old Jewish Quarter as is the Museum of Decorative Arts.

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